Geometridae » Ennominae
Wingspan 30-40mm. Forewing length 18-26mm.
70.283 (BF1961) Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria (Linnaeus, 1761)
The beauty of this moth is unmistakable. With its pale-green ground colour, which fades to white within a few days, and its distinctive darker green and white stripes running through hindwings and forewings, and added smaller straight lines on forewings, it is a very attractive species. To add, it has bright-red hooked wingtips. Similar to Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambu) when faded, and Small Emerald (Hemistola chrysoprasaria).
The adult flies late May to early August in the south, to September in the north. Maybe even partial extended second generations. Comes to light. It is abundant in broadleaved woodland, and where there are other trees like in parks and gardens, hedgerows and scrub. A common and well-distributed species.
The larva feeds on a wide range of broadleaved trees and shrubs, including Hawthorn and Blackthorn.
© Pete Hillman July 2013 and September 2017.