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70.303 (BF1674)

Little Emerald   

Jodis lactearia
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, local, only one records from VC72. Widespread in southern England and in Wales with scattered records in the north of England. In Scotland a scattering of records in the south-west to Argyll. Has undergone a major decline in its distribution.


When emerged the wings are a delicate greenish-white colour which fades quickly to white, but a glance across the wings will catch the cross-lines to identify it.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present late June to early October.

Larval foodplants

Birches, Hazel, Hawthorn and Blackthorn.


All recent records have come from broadleaved woodland.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC73 in Mabie Forest by Lennon, but not until 1989 for VC74 at Kirkinner by Hancock and 2010 for VC72 at Gallow Hill, Moffat by Dave Dick.

56 record(s) from 11 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2006 2021 2010

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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