70.283 (1961) Light Emerald Campaea margaritata (Linnaeus, 1767)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated it was rather common in his 'List of Lepidoptera taken near Dumfries.' K. J. Morton of Edinburgh (1900) whilst on a visit in July 1899 to Wigtownshire had found this species in the Monreith area. Gordon (1919) found it to be very common and generally distributed in woods and along hedge sides in Wigtownshire. Earliest date was 15th June 1911.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.
 
During 1973-93 six of the Rothamsted stations, except Caerlaverock, recorded 500 records. The remaining 450 records from 1992 to 2010 were mainly from the regular trapped sites at Kirkton, Cally Woods and Durisdeer, with the rest from a number of widespread sites across the region.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a small larva during mid August to Late May.
 
Larval foodplants
A wide variety of broadleaved trees and shrubs.
 
Identification
The nearly straight dark edged whitish cross-lines together with the reddish forewing tip that is hooked, should aid identity.
The larva is identified from the vestigial proleg on abdominal segment 5 and the fringe of hairs low down on the sides that help the caterpillar merge with the branch (Roy Leverton).
 
Habitat
Broadleaved woodland and other sites with trees and shrubs.
© Keith Naylor, Mersehead RSPB, 25 June 2004
© Brian Henderson, Courance, 4 November 2011

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