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1674 ~ Little Emerald ~ Jodis lactearia
UK Status

Resident. Common S,C,NW.

Montgomeryshire Status

A scarce species. The 2011 record from Commins Coch (pictured below) was the first in the county since 1993.

Wingspan :  M & F, 23-26mm.

Confusion species

Small Grass Emerald.


Flight time (Montgomeryshire)

Habitat

Open woodland, hedgerows, heathland, moorland, scrub and grassland.

Foodplant

Downy birch, silver birch, hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn, hornbeam, bilberry, dogwood, broom, sweet chestnut and sallow.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a small green larva in leaves. Larva late June-early Oct.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 15th May 2011, Commins Coch

Photo by GO, 25th May 2017, Llanymynech