Geometridae: Geometrinae

08002 Little Emerald Jodis lactearia, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF1674 (ABH70.303)


General Information

Pupates amongst leaves.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 11-12mm.
Foodplant(s): Downy Birch (Betula pubescens), Silver Birch (Betula pendula), Hazel (Corylus avellana), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), oaks (Quercus spp.), Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea), sallows (Salix spp.), Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
Flying: One generation, May-June
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Open woodland, mature hedgerows and scrubby heathland, moorland and grassland.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Volakas, N Greece, 15th May 2015. Light trap.
Volakas, N Greece, 15th May 2015. Light trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Small Grass Emerald Chlorissa viridata

Larva Type:
Green, yellow, red, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: