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Large Emerald
Geometra papilionaria

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1666 / 70.299
Photo © Andy Nunn,  North Cliffe Wood VC 61

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and fairly widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Although rather patchily recorded, this species is probably common in most birch woods in all five vice-counties and it is sometimes also found well away from such places. It can sometimes be found more easily on a sheet at light and it often turns up late than most other species (PQW pers. comm.), which may be the reason for the paucity of records.

2012 (CHF): Like other birch-feeding species, this moth is uncommon in the north-west and south-east of the county. Apart from this it is fairly widespread and numbers appear to be stable.

Recorded in 142 (71%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 24-29mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Birches, also Hazel and Alder
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/08/2022164SE54 - York (S/W)
05/08/2022163SD94 - Earby
05/08/2022262SE99 - Harwood Dale
04/08/2022162SE88 - Pickering (E)
03/08/2022563SE71 - Crowle
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