Winter Moth


The Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata) is found all over the Netherlands; they are most common in wooded areas and on sandy soils, but you can find them by chance on the kitchen window or on the illuminated photo in a bus shelter.
It is one of the few moth species that flies in winter (see also the Mottled Umber).
The females of the Winter Moth are special: they have no wings at all.
You will therefore not easily recognize them as a butterfly.
But the males don't need their eyes either: they can smell the females from a great distance.

Tongplaat, Dordtse Biesbosch, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 18 November 2020

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