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70.299 (BF1666)

Large Emerald   

Geometra papilionaria
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread in woodland throughout mainland Britain.


As one of the largest Geometrids it is easily identified.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Overwinters as a small larva on a stem or twig of the foodplant. Pupates on the ground in the leaf litter.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on birches, Hazel and Alder.


It is a woodland moth, but can also be found on wooded heaths and bogs.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1860 for VC72 near Dumfries by Lennon, in 1874 for VC73 in the Castle Douglas area by Robinson-Douglas and in 1897 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who had found it ‘scarce along woodsides at dusk’.

481 record(s) from 47 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2015 2022 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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