Merveille du Jour - Griposia aprilina

Alternative names
Dichonia aprilina
Description

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
Habitat

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)

Reference
73.224 BF2247

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

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