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December Moth

Moths in December, is that possible?

Maybe autumn and winter are not the best time to spot insects in England, but believe it or not, there are some that can only be seen during the coldest time of the year! This is the case with the December Moth Poecilocampa populi (Linnaeus, 1758).

When is the best time to spot the December Moth?

The adult of the December Moth flies mostly from November until late December. They are found in woodlands, parks and large gardens with lots of trees. It is a very common moth in England, Wales, the lowlands of Scotland and Ireland.

How does the December Moth survive the winter?

Some insects have developed amazing strategies to survive the coldest months of the year. In the case of the December Moth, the adult lays hard, oval grey eggs on branches or in cracks in the bark. The thickness of…

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