Common Emerald Hemithea aestivaria

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Common Emerald Hemithea aestivaria

70.305 (BF1669) Common Emerald Hemithea aestivaria (Hübner, 1789)

Wingspan 24 -27mm. A beautiful green forewing ground colour (best appreciated in fresh specimens) with darker green and white cross-lines which follow through on the underwings. Chequered fringes and distinctive wing shape makes this moth unmistakable.

The adult flies June to July after dusk, and is attracted to light. Found in woodland, parkland, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread in southern England and Wales. The larva feeds on a variety of trees and shrubs, including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, oaks and willows.

© Pete Hillman June 2011.

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Small Emerald Hemistola chrysoprasaria

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Small Emerald Hemistola chrysoprasaria

70.302 BF1673 Small Emerald Hemistola chrysoprasaria (Esper, 1795)

Wingspan 28-32mm. Forewing length 17-20mm. A beautiful green moth with distinctive pale crosslines.

Small Emerald Hemistola chrysoprasaria

The adult flies July and August, and can be seen on woodland margins, in hedgerows and gardens. Mainly occurring in southern Britain, and local. The larva feeds on Clematis.

Small Emerald Hemistola chrysoprasaria

© Pete Hillman July 2017.