Pest of the Month: Winter Moth

The winter moth (Operophtera brumata) is usually active in its adult stage from November to January. Eggs hatch in the spring, and the larvae climb trees in order to move to other areas through a process called “ballooning,” in which the larvae produces a strand of silk that helps it catch and ride air currents.


Adult male winter moths are light brown with fringed wings, while the adult female moths are gray, wingless and flightless. Larvae are green caterpillars with a white stripe on each side of the body.

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