Light Emerald - Campaea margaritaria

Alternative names
Campaea margaritata

Wingspan 30-40 mm. An attractive pale-green species, which has a blood-red tip to the forewing, sometimes extending as a line along the outer edge of both fore and hindwings.

Identification difficulty

Broad-leaved woodland, areas with scattered trees, scrub, hedgerows, parks and gardens.

When to see it

Flies from June to August, often with a partial second generation in the South, appearing in August and September.

Life History

The larvae live on the foliage of a number of deciduous trees.

UK Status

It is quite commonly distributed throughout most of the British Isles.

VC55 Status

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

70.283 BF1961

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

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