Large Emerald Moth

large emerald mothThis is a giant moth, and as the name suggests, it is bright green with darker green and white markings or fascia. After a few days, the bright green fades to a lighter green. They are easily confused for a butterfly because of their lovely colouring and their wing shape. Their wingspan is 50-65mm.

The Large Emerald Moth is unusual because it does not fold its wings as other moths do when at rest.

They can be seen at night from June to August and are common throughout the UK.

The caterpillar of the Large Emerald Moth is plain, starting green then turning brown and ‘bumpy’ for camouflage.