Light Emerald

Campaea margaritaria – This colourful insect is not a butterfly but a moth. With its pale-green ground colour, which fades to white within a few days, and its distinctive darker green and white stripes running through hindwings and forewings, and added smaller straight lines on forewings, it is a very attractive species. To add, it has bright-red hooked wingtips. Wingspan 30-40mm.

Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria

Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria

Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria

Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria

The adult flies late May to early August in the south, to September in the north. Maybe even partial extended second generations. Comes to light. It is abundant in broadleaved woodland, and where there are other trees like in parks and gardens, hedgerows and scrub. A common and well-distributed species.

The larva feeds on a wide range of broadleaved trees and shrubs, including Hawthorn and Blackthorn.


Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire, September 2017. © Peter Hillman

6 thoughts on “Light Emerald

  1. There’s that beautiful celedon again. It has to be my favorite color for these moths. So many are handsome or striking or boldly patterned, but this one is just pretty.

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    1. This has to be one of my favourite coloured moths. The wings are so delicately toned and patterned, and almost like tissue paper, such is the way the light shines through them when positioned so.

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