The Moths of Suffolk
1961 Light Emerald, Campaea margaritata, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including broadleaved woodland, heathland, fens, scrub, grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to early August and partial second brood late July to September

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees and shrubs

Morley's Final Catalogue : Distinctly local, usually inside woods. Often common among birch at Bentley; Martlesham garden (D); Monks Soham garden, one on 25 June 1912; a few in Blythburgh Wood among beech annually in1925-35 (Mly). Probably commoner, but unlocalised, in west of County

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-26mm, Wingspan 42-54mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSmall Emerald, Hemistola chrysoprasaria

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Great Cornard, Suffolk (22.viii.2006) © Stuart Read
abberant form - Ipswich, Suffolk (30.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman