The Moths of Suffolk
1674 Little Emerald, Jodis lactearia, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread but appearing in low numbers

Habitats : Woodland, gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to mid-July, with occasional records in August and September

Larval foodplants : Various trees and plants including birch, oak, hawthorn, sweet chestnut, and bilberry

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant everywhere, especially in woods, from Bentley to Gorleston. In Monks Soham garden and at light in June.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-13mm, Wingspan 23-26mm


Confusion species
    AdultSmall Grass Emerald, Chlorissa viridata

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Life history chart
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