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Light Emerald
Campaea margaritaria

(Linnaeus, 1767) 1961 / 70.283
=Campaea margaritata

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on birch (Betula spp.), beech (Fagus spp.), oak (Quercus spp.), elm (Ulmus spp.), hawthorn (Crateagus spp.) and various other deciduous trees. In Dorset, the moth is common in deciduous woodland and frequent in deciduous scrub and thickets. It is rare in conifer plantation, in open grassland and on heathland. "Larvae may eat lichens (Usnea spp.) and mosses on oak, on alder (Alnus) and on beech tree trunks" (W Parkinson Curtis ms).... Read More

Recorded in 40 (100%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 18-26mm
Flight: May - August and August - September
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees and shrubs
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
17/10/201919SY98 Wareham
16/10/201919SY98 Wareham
16/10/201919SY78 Broadmayne
15/10/201919SY79 Puddletown
13/10/201919SY98 Wareham

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