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Pale November moth

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Pale November moth
Live adult
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Epirrita
E. christyi
Binomial name
Epirrita christyi
(Allen, 1906)

The pale November moth (Epirrita christyi) is a moth of the family Geometridae. The species was first described by Allen in 1906. It is a fairly common species in Western Europe including the British Isles.


This species is almost identical to its relatives the November moth , the small autumnal moth and the autumnal moth and it is almost impossible to identify them without examination of the genitalia. See Townsend et al.[1] In general, although melanism occurs regularly in this species it is less prevalent than in the November moth.

The pale November moth flies at night from September to November[1] and is attracted to light.

The larva feeds on a variety of trees and shrubs (see list below). The species overwinters as an egg.

  1. ^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.

Recorded food plants[edit]


  1. ^ Martin C. Townsend, Jon Clifton and Brian Goodey (2010). British and Irish Moths: An Illustrated Guide to Selected Difficult Species. (covering the use of genitalia characters and other features) Butterfly Conservation.

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