Invasive Specieswinter moth

Operophtera spp.
FOUND by sniffly salamander
South Portland
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Field Notes
I noticed lots of moths outside the back door, on the deck, and fence. I remembered that apple trees were one place that winter moths might lay their eggs, so I decided to investigate the tree. I had a hard time getting photos, but hoping I got some that are good enough. I definitely noticed the wing stubs on the females. I also collected some samples to send to the Forest Service.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
You can see the male and female on the branch of the apple tree. I was surprised that they were up so high.
Photo of my evidence.
You can kind of see the wing stubs on the female in this one even though the focus wasn't great.
Photo of my evidence.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Operophtera spp.
Common name:
winter moth
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.637702 °
W -70.234286 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Winter moth back deck
Trip date: 
Fri, 2017-12-01 19:00
Town or city: 
South Portland
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


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That really interesting.