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Light Emerald
Campaea margaritaria (Linnaeus, 1767)
Geometridae: Ennominae
1961 / 70.283
Photo © Paul Wearne Forster,  05-06-23 Guisborough

Similar Yorkshire Species: None
Forewing: 18-26mm
Flight: May - August and August - September
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees and shrubs
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Yorkshire Status: Very common and widespread resident.

"Common everywhere" proclaimed Porritt in 1907, and there was nothing more to say. This is still the situation. It remains widespread across the county in good numbers, and some years we get over 1000 records. Large numbers can be trapped for example 104 at Ashberry Pastures at the YNU excursion on 8/7/2016. It is a moth of woodland, scrub and gardens. A small second brood was noticeable in the early 2000s and this has now grown substantially, so records in September and October are quite common. These second generation moths tend to be smaller and darker. Like many green moths, the colour fades quickly, so very pale individuals are common.

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

Recorded in 174 (87%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1846.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/10/2023161TA02 - Hessle
04/10/2023163SE40 - Goldthorpe
02/10/2023163SK49 - Rotherham
01/10/2023163SE72 - Goole
30/09/2023163SK49 - Rotherham
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