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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation. May-Jun.

Forewing: 11-12mm.

Foodplant: Downy Birch, Silver Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Blackthorn.

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 recorded190419751904
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records2115432
Number of individuals3104628
Unique positions725154
Unique locations554118
Adult records2034414
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 432 records from 118 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1904.


1674 Little Emerald 03 larva
© Jenny Seawright
1674 Little Emerald 02
© Dave Foot
1674 Little Emerald 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring in England and Wales, the larva feeding on birch (Betula spp.), hazel (Corylus avellana), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), oak (Quercus spp.), sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). In Dorset, the moth is at low density in deciduous birch-oak woods on chalky soils such as Stubhampton Bottom and Chetterwood, and on clay soils such as Piddles Wood, Yellowham Wood and Boys Wood. Adults may be flushed out from hazel understory in these localities. The moth also occurs in deciduous birch and sweet chestnut woodland on sandy soils such as Arne Wood and Whitesheet. Although there is partial emergence in May, the main flight period for the species is June and July which is later than the national norm of May and June; a partial bivoltine cycle is suspected in Dorset.

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