Large Emerald - Geometra papilionaria


    Wingspan 40 to 50 mm. This is the largest of the 'emeralds'.

    Identification difficulty

    It inhabits woods, heaths and moors.

    When to see it

    Flies at night in June and July, when it is easily attracted by light.

    Life History

    The caterpillar is brown at first, but after overwintering becomes green with brownish 'warts', and feeds mainly on birch.

    UK Status

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

    VC55 Status

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

    70.299 BF1666

    be our species champion

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map