Jodis lactearia

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Jodis lactearia
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Jodis
J. lactearia
Binomial name
Jodis lactearia
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Jodis lactearia, the little emerald, is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found throughout the Palearctic ecozone from Ireland to Japan.

The wingspan is 23–26 mm. When freshly emerged from the pupa the ground-colour is delicate light green, but this fades to white. There are two white medial lines on fore and hindwings. The white postmedian line is on both wings almost entirely parallel to the distal margin, and not dentate. The hindwing is slightly angled.

The larva mainly feeds on various trees and bushes, including Betula, Crataegus and Quercus species.

It frequents wooded country, and flies rather early in the evening. Its flight is weak and vacillating, and never very long-sustained.

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