Brimstone Moth

Brimstone moth

Name: Brimstone Moth

Scientific name: Opisthograptis luteolata

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?

About: A medium-sized moth with a wingspan of about 3.5cm. Bright yellow with a white spot surrounded by brown and two orangey-brown markings along the front edge of the forwings. Wings quite angular. On the wing between April and October when frequently comes to lights in the garden, as well as woodland, scrub and grassland. Caterpillars feed on a variety of shrubs in the rose family, including hawthorn, blackthorn and rowan.

How to identify: There are several other yellow moths with brown markings: if seen well, the Brimstone is the only one with the combination of brown markings and white spot on the front wing.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 50

Fantastic fact: A member of the more delicate, butterfly like Geometrid family of moths: there are more than 300 Geometrids in the UK!

Photograph credit: Amy Lewis

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