Large Emerald, Grande nayade, Miernik zieleniak, Grünes Blatt, Zomervlinder (Geometra papilionaria)

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Large Emerald, Grande nayade, Miernik zieleniak, Grünes Blatt, Zomervlinder (Geometra papilionaria)

The Large Emerald (Geometra papilionaria), is a moth, the type specimen for the family Geometridae. It is found throughout the Palearctic region and the Near East.

This is a large and attractive species, as the specific name suggests very butterfly like, with a wingspan of 50-65 mm. Newly emerged adults are bright green with darker green and white fascia, though the green colouration fades after a few days. It flies at night from June to August [1] and is attracted to light.

The larva is brown at first, turning green later, and feeds mainly on birch though it has also been recorded on alder, beech, hazel and rowan. The species overwinters as a larva.

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Comments (7)

bdeh on July 18, 2012

Wat een geluk dat je een ZOMERvlinder tegen bent gekomen in de herfst Erik. Prachtig beestje en macro! Groeten Berend

Nadia Kushnir on July 18, 2012


AnneliesMacro&More on July 19, 2012

Prachtige vondst Erik! Hier in Zeeland weinig vlinders te zien, af en toe een koolwitje.

cjlin on July 19, 2012

Yes, Erik, this green moth has charming patterns as well. We never seen this one in here, may e another day may....YSL. cjlin

cjlin on July 19, 2012

Also please see this ONE with black lines). Happy days. cjlin

Ghiocela on July 20, 2012

So beautiful!!!! Excellent and charming butterfly, Erik! LIKE and YS! Have a happy weekend! Simona

HAMANA on July 25, 2012

I am a great fan of nature and especially of moths and butterflies. This shot is very beautiful. I also like very much that you add the description of your nature photos.

Greetings from Michigan,


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