The Moths of Suffolk
1669 Common Emerald, Hemithea aestivaria, (Hübner, 1799)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread

Habitats : Open woodland, hedgerows, scrub, grassland, heathland and gardens

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

Larval foodplants : Variety of trees and shrubs, including hawthorn, blackthorn, birch, oak, and sallow, hazel, field maple

Morley's Final Catalogue : Flying everywhere at dusk commonly, from Bentley Woods to Gorleston. Frequent at Monks Soham light in July.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 29-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSussex Emerald, Thalera fimbrialis

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Dorset (25.vi.2002) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2002) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman
Beaten from Hawthorn - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (2.vi.2013) © Neil Sherman