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Photo © Anthony Speca,  24/06/2023 - Bungay

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Light Emerald
Campaea margaritaria
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Small Emerald
Hemistola chrysoprasaria

(Esper, 1794) 1673 / 70.302

Morley's Final Catalogue: Distinctly local, common only on chalk strata and not following clematis onto the chalky boulder-clay. Sudbury (Ransom); Copdock on 16 July 1896 (Hkg); Bentley (Ml); Ipswich in 1893 (Pyett); common at Claydon and Barham (Sparke), many among clematis at Barham Green 14 July 1899 (Mly); Stowmarket; Bury (Wrt, Ent. ii, 340; Sparke); Hardwick. Recorded in the east at Aldeburgh and Beccles, but not since 1890.

Recent Suffolk Status: More widespread than Morley's time, across the whole county now.

Life history: Single brooded in the summer.

Identification: Bluish-green colouration and white cross lines are distinctive. Faded individuals could be confused with Light emerald but that has less rounded wings.

Habitat: Woodlands, scrub, gardens, hedgerows.

Recorded in 48 (83%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1893.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/08/2023125TM15 - Helmingham/Claydon
11/08/2023126TL77 - Mildenhall
10/08/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
09/08/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
03/08/2023125TM14 - Ipswich
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Forewing: 17-20mm.
Flight: One generation. June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Traveller's-joy, Clematis
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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