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Common Emerald
Hemithea aestivaria

(Hübner, 1799) 1669 / 70.305

Davey, P., 2009: A species found in England and Wales, the larva feeding on many deciduous tree and shrub species, including oak (Quercus spp.), birch (Betula spp.), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and often common, particularly so in blackthorn communities close to thecoast. In unusually warm summers, second brood individuals may result as evidenced by the following records: Furzey Island, at MV light on 18 September 2003 (Dr P... Read More

Recorded in 41 (103%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-17mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, oaks, willows, Barberry
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
31/08/201919SY49 Bridport
26/08/201919SY49 Bridport
03/08/2019+9SY98 Wareham
03/08/201919SY98 Wareham
02/08/201919SU00 Wimborne

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