70.303 (1674) Little Emerald Jodis lactearia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Apart from an historical record by Lennon (1862-63) for Mabie Forest, one by T. H. Ford at Sandyhills between 1974-75, and a Rothamsted record from Bridge of Dee in 1976, all of the few records we have are from the western side of Kirkcudbrightshire, at Gatehouse of Fleet, Wood of Cree and Cream o'Galloway. Kilsture Forest in Wigtownshire is the only record for that vice-county.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present late June to early October.
 
Larval foodplants
Birches, Hazel, Hawthorn and Blackthorn.
 
Identification
When emerged the wings are a delicate greenish-white colour which fades quickly to white, but a glance across the wings will catch the cross-lines to identify it.
 
Habitat
All recent records have come from broadleaved woodland.
© Keith Naylor, Wood of Cree, 19 June 2004

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