Geometridae: Ennominae

1961 (ABH70.283) Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria (=margaritata), (Linnaeus, 1761)

KR07836

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Hemingford Grey, May 2005
Hemingford Grey, May 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

The wings of this species have dark highlighted cross lines and are originally pale green fading to yellowish white.

 

The larvae have a distinctive fringe of hair-like structures on their undersides.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often disturbed during day

Forewing length: 18-26mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Hazel (Corylus avellana), birches (Betula spp.), elms (Ulmus spp.), sallows (Salix spp.), Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa), Beech (Fagus sylvatica), broadleaved trees
Flying: One generation, late May-early August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Woodland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 137 (50.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 April to 14 October

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 15 September to 15 September

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Small Emerald Hemistola chrysoprasaria


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Wrinkled
Colours:
Grey, brown, green
No. of Proleg Pairs:
2