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Common Emerald - Hemithea aestivaria

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Species Description

Common and widespread throughout lowland England and Wales, becoming scattered past North Yorkshire. Habitat includes: Parks, gardens, churchyards, allotments, woodland, hedgerows, scrub, heathland, downland, roadside verges etc. Diet: Larvae = Woody plants such as Common Hawthorn, Midland Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Oaks, Willows, Birches, Barberries etc. Caterpillars seen: July to June the following year. Flight period: June to July. Wingspan: 28 - 34 mm