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The Sussex Emerald is a single-brooded species; adults are active in July and early August and fly just after nightfall (2). The caterpillars are found towards the end of August through to the June of the following year, with a period of hibernation in winter (2). They are known to feed on yarrow, gorse and a range of other low-growing plants (2), but the majority are found on wild carrot (8).

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