The Moths of Suffolk
1666 Large Emerald, Geometra papilionaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, scrub, fen, wherever birch occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to early August

Larval foodplants : Birch (Betula), Hazel (Corylus avellana) and Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A good deal commoner and broader distributed than was supposed in 1890. Sudbury, Copdock, Belstead, Bentley, Ipswich, Freston, a few at Waldringfield, Brandeston, Stowmarket, Tuddenham (Sparke). Beccles (Crf); Barnby Broad, rare in mid-August 1898 (Mly); Fritton 1935.

Wingspan details : Forewing 24-29mm, Wingspan 50-64mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Eye (3.vii.2001) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Early instar larva beaten from Silver Birch (Betula) - Friday Street, Suffolk (6.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Fritton Woods, Suffolk (16.vi.2011) © Brian Jones
Final instar larva reared from eggs laid by female caught in 2010 - Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman