Sunday, July 19, 2015

Small Emerald

This is post number 200! And this is a moth caught in the previously mentioned (19th June) trap belonging to our recently wedded friends, David and Helen. They visited this weekend and David has very kindly lent it to me for a month or so. I have leapt into action and ordered the book below (which I anticipate will be excellent).
After a certain amount of deliberation and further cross-referencing on the interweb, this is identified as Small Emerald, Hemistola chrysoprasaria. It occurs in the south of England & Wales around chalk woodlands and hedgerows where its foodplant, Clematis vitalba, grows.
Hold onto your pants and prepare for a flurry of moths! 
bwp Book Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland - Paperback (2nd edition)
Paul Waring & Martin Townsend, illustrated by Richard Lewington    

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