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Little Emerald
Jodis lactearia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Geometridae: Geometrinae
1674 / 70.303
Photo © Dave Emley

Similar West Midlands Species: None
Forewing: 11-12mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Downy Birch, Silver Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Blackthorn
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

A common resident found across the region.

A species of open woodland, scrubby heath, moorland and grassland; not often coming in to gardens.

Overwinters as a pupa, adults fly at dusk but are not often attracted to light.

Note Confusion comes from its name rather than its appearance with recorders noting it as Small Emerald rather than Little Emerald!

Recorded in 95 (68%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
17/07/2022137SP07 - Alvechurch
23/06/2022536SO62 - E Ross & Dymock Forest
23/06/2022136SO62 - E Ross & Dymock Forest
22/06/2022136SO33 - Peterchurch & Abbey Dore
22/06/2022+36SO62 - E Ross & Dymock Forest
Further info: Jodis lactearia
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