Geometridae: Geometrinae

1674 (ABH70.303) Little Emerald Jodis lactearia, (Linnaeus, 1758)

KR08002

Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Storrington, West Sussex, 29th May 2017. MV trap. Male.
Storrington, West Sussex, 29th May 2017. MV trap. Male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

Pupates amongst leaves.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 11-12mm.
Foodplant(s): Downy Birch (Betula pubescens), Silver Birch (Betula pendula), Hazel (Corylus avellana), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), oaks (Quercus spp.), Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea), sallows (Salix spp.), Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
Flying: One generation, May-June
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Open woodland, mature hedgerows and scrubby heathland, moorland and grassland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 11 (4.1%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in May 2008

Recorded date range (Adult): 23 May to 28 July

Similar Species
Small Grass Emerald Chlorissa viridata


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, yellow, red, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs:
2