Brimstone Moth
Animals, Moths

Scientific name: Opisthograptis luteolata

Two generations from April to May and August. Common to Great Britain and Ireland.

An unmistakeable yellow moth with chestnut-brown markings on the tips and along the leading edge of the forewings. They also have a white crescent or dash near to the leading forewing edge.

They can frequently be seen on the wing just before dusk and they are regularly attracted to light. Some overwinter as part-grown larvae on the foodplant but others as pupae in cocoons on the plant, in debris below it or in a crack in a wall.

England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
Specific name:
Opisthograptis luteolata
Hedgerows, garden, scrub and woodland
Wingspan Range – 28-42mm
Medium Sized
Common and very well distributed throughout England, Wales, Scotland

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, beauties, umbers and allies (Geometridae)
  • Medium Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 28-42mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Caterpillar Food Plants

A range of trees and bushes including Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), and Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia).


Hedgerows, garden, scrub and woodland.