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Large Emerald
Geometra papilionaria

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1666 / 70.299

General comments:
Widespread but local resident.

The Large Emerald is mostly found in woodlands, and then usually in association with mature Birch trees. It usually attends light traps in very low numbers from midnight onwards and in spite of a perception that it is rare, the map shows that it is actually quite widespread. Fresh examples are striking, but after they have been on the wing for a few days they fade to near white and may not be immediately recognised by the inexperienced.

Recorded in 33 (80%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/09/2023120SP91 - Tring
27/07/2023120TL21 - Welwyn Garden City
13/07/2023120TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
08/07/2023120TL10 - St Albans
08/07/2023120TL10 - St Albans
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VC20 VC21 VC21 VC20
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Forewing: 24-29mm.
Flight: One generation. June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Downy Birch, Silver Birch, Hazel, Alder, (Beech)
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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