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70.283 (BF1961)

Light Emerald   

Campaea margaritaria
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread throughout Britain.


The nearly straight dark edged whitish cross-lines together with the reddish forewing tip that is hooked, should aid identity.
The larva is identified from the vestigial proleg on abdominal segment 5 and the fringe of hairs low down on the sides that help the caterpillar merge with the branch (Roy Leverton).

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a small larva during mid August to Late May.

Larval foodplants

A wide variety of broadleaved trees and shrubs.


Broadleaved woodland and other sites with trees and shrubs.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC72 near Dumfries by Lennon who recorded ‘it was rather common’, in 1899 for VC74 at Monreith Park by Morton, and in 1942 near Gatehouse of Fleet by Russell.

1699 record(s) from 61 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2018 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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