Geometridae: Larentiinae

1795 (ABH70.107) November Moth Epirrita dilutata, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Christophstal, October 2014
Christophstal, October 2014
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Christophstal, October 2014
 Photo © Peter Bissell

General Information

This is one of three Epirrita species which are almost indistinguishable, certainly on markings alone.


This species is the most widespread and common species of the three.


Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 15-20mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.), birches (Betula spp.), elms (Ulmus spp.), sallows (Salix spp.), Aspen (Populus tremula), Ash (Fraxinus excelsior), Hazel (Corylus avellana), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), broadleaved trees
Flying: One generation, early October-November
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Not endangered


Broadleaved woodland and gardens.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in .

Larva Type:
Green, purple, red, white
No. of Proleg Pairs: