Blotched Emerald - Comibaena bajularia

    Description

    Wingspan 23 to 27 mm. Cream and fawn blotches in the trailing corner of the otherwise green forewing and hindwing are diagnostic. Fringes are chequered.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    The favoured habitat is deciduous woodland.

    When to see it

    The main flight period is June to July when the adults, particularly the males, are attracted readily to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on the leaves of Oak. They attach bits of leaves and other plant debris to themselves which act as superb camouflage.

    UK Status

    This very attractive species is distributed mainly in the southern half of England, and parts of Wales. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    Reference
    70.300 BF1667

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