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Small Grass Emerald
Chlorissa viridata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1670 / 70.306

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species in southern England and the Lake District, the larva feeding on heather (Erica spp.), birch (Betula spp.) and creeping willow (Salix repens). In Dorset, the species is very local being confined to wet heaths and mire on sandy soils across the Poole Basin where it occurs at low density. The moth readily takes to the wing when disturbed during the day. Many of the localities where colonies occur lie within SSSIs. Continued monitoring is recommended although... Read More

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Recorded in 15 (38%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1892.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-13mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Heathers, heaths, birches, willows
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
23/07/2019+9SY89 Bere Regis
20/07/201919SY98 Wareham
25/06/201919SY99 Lytchett Matravers
25/06/201919SY99 Lytchett Matravers
25/06/201929SY99 Lytchett Matravers

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