Common Emerald - Hemithea aestivaria


Wingspan 24 to 27 mm. Distinctively shaped and with chequered fringes - this is an easy species to recognise but, like many green moths, its colour tends to fade fairly quickly.

Identification difficulty

Around woodland and hedgerows.

When to see it

It flies from dusk onwards in June and July.

Life History

The larvae feed on bushes such as Hawthorn and Blackthorn.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in the southern half of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map