Merveille du Jour - Griposia aprilina

    Alternative names
    Dichonia aprilina

    Wingspan 35-40 mm. One of our most beautiful moths, especially when freshly emerged. Pinned specimens in identification guides have often lost the attractive green colour, fading to a brownish yellow.

    Identification difficulty

    This species frequents woodland and parks.

    When to see it

    It flies in September and October and comes to light in small numbers.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Oak at first on the buds and flowers, later on the leaves.

    UK Status

    Widespread, though thinly scattered over most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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