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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, oaks, willows etc

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 recorded1905200819701905
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records179711243844
Number of individuals336311817090
Unique positions275126604
Unique locations212124474
Adult records158111213406
Immature records1014

For the region, we have a total of 3844 records from 474 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1669 Common Emerald 04
© Julian Francis
1669 Common Emerald 03
© Gillian Nash, 4 Jun 2020
1669 Common Emerald 02 larva on Dog Rose
© Gillian Nash, 15 May 2020
1669 Common Emerald 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

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 Sterling), Matchams, at MV light on 14 September 1982, 25 September 1986 and 27 September 1986 (G Le Pard).

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