The Moths of Suffolk
1670 Small Grass Emerald, Chlorissa viridata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Notable Na

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Damp heath and mosses

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to early July

Larval foodplants : Leaves of woody plants including Heather, birches, Cross-leaved Heath, Creeping Willow and Gorse

Morley's Final Catalogue : This species has been recorded from our County (Bloomfield 1890, p. 56) and, though hitherto rejected, is so likely to occur that it is best reinstated, pending confirmation.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-13mm, Wingspan 24-27mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultLittle Emerald, Jodis lactearia

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worn individual - Surrey (vi.2007) © Lee Gregory

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Flushed from sward by day - Zabardo, Bulgaria (22.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman