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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Traveller's-joy, Clematis.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded190519831905
Year last recorded201119892011
Number of records71421432
Number of individuals103722078
Unique positions1392282
Unique locations1101222
Adult records66221328
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 1432 records from 222 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1673 Small Emerald 03
© Julian Francis
1673 Small Emerald 02
© Will Bown
1673 Small Emerald 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A locally common species in southern Britain, very local in northern England, the larva feeding on traveller's joy (Clematis vitalba), and abroad also on Ranunculaceae species. In Dorset, the moth is found wherever traveller's joy grows in woods, plantations and hedges, mostly on soils with high calcium content.

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