The Moths of Suffolk
1667 Blotched Emerald, Comibaena bajularia, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread but localised and not too frequent where it is found

Habitats : Woodland and scrub with oaks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to July, a rare second brood in September

Larval foodplants : Oak

Comments : This species appears to vary in its abundance from year to year, sometimes frequently seen in woods but in other years an unusual sighting

Morley's Final Catalogue : Distinctly local, but occurring somewhat freely in most of our larger oak-woods, by beating and at light, in July. Bentley Woods (Ml, Mly, Hkg who took five males on 5 July 1894); Ipswich, Needham, Stowmarket, Fornham, &c. Waldringfield, Henham, Easton Bavents.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 29-33mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bawdsey, Suffolk (10.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans
Staverton, Suffolk (19.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vi.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Dunwich, Suffolk (21.vi.2014) © Paul Kitchener
Female - Old Broom, Risby, Suffolk (26.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman
Larva, ex female. September 2015 - Old Broom, Risby, Suffolk (26.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Larva, ex female. September 2015 - Old Broom, Risby, Suffolk (26.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman