Common Emerald - Hemithea aestivaria

    Description

    Wingspan 24 to 27 mm. Distinctively shaped and with chequered fringes - this is an easy species to recognise but, like many green moths, its colour tends to fade fairly quickly.

    Habitat

    Around woodland and hedgerows.

    When to see it

    It flies from dusk onwards in June and July.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on bushes such as Hawthorn and Blackthorn.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in the southern half of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    Reference
    70.305 BF1669

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map