Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Aug, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 18-26mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees and shrubs.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291953184618861976
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records2063127113742934426
Number of individuals30792484227377081027
Unique positions13619525530449
Unique locations13418925030647
Adult records2032123412822807420
Immature records50112

For the county, we have a total of 8068 records from 926 sites. First recorded in 1846.


70.283 Light Emerald 06
© Nick Lawman
70.283 Light Emerald 05
© Paul Holmes, 28 Jun 2009
70.283 Light Emerald 04 larva
© Derek Parkinson
70.283 Light Emerald 03 pupa
© Derek Parkinson
70.283 Light Emerald 02
© Paul Kipling, 29 Jun 2010
70.283 Light Emerald 01
© Charles Fletcher, 4 Jul 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded, often commonly, from well wooded areas both in rural and outer suburban settings in all five vice-counties.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC63. West Melton, 29.9.1992, moths of a second generation are infrequent.

2012 (CHF): Very common and widespread across all of the county. Numbers and range have not altered. A small second brood has more noticeable in the last ten years.

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