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Small Grass Emerald
Chlorissa viridata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Geometridae: Geometrinae
1670 / 70.306
Photo © Patrick Clement,  New Forest, Hampshire. May 18th 2010.

Similar West Midlands Species
Little Emerald
Jodis lactearia
Forewing: 11-13mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Heathers, heaths, birches, willows.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

A rare and local resident.

A species of mosses and heaths.

Overwinters as a pupa. Adults are easily disturbed during the day and is attracted to light.

Note Similar to a fresh Little Emerald but distinguished by deep green colour when fresh, a contrasting gold line along the costa and the angular shape of the wings.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 8 (6%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1872.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
17/04/2019140SJ43 - Welshampton/Whixall Moss
18/07/2014140SJ60 - Coalbrookdale/Brosley
12/07/2013140SJ60 - Coalbrookdale/Brosley
28/07/1978+40SJ41 - Shrewsbury/Preston Montford
1961+40SO78 - Upper Arley
Further info: Chlorissa viridata
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