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Scientific name:  Abraxas grossulariata

Size:  Wingspan up to 45mm

Distribution:  Found throughout the UK

Months seen:  June to August

Life span:  The adult moths live for just 3 or 4 weeks

Habitat:  Woodlands, gardens and hedgerows

Food:  The larvae feed on hawthorn, blackthorn and hazel

Special features:  Magpie Moths are white with a variable arrangement of black spots and orange markings.  The head and legs are black and the body is pale orange with black markings.

Magpie Moths are readily attracted to light.

The Small Magpie Moth is similar in appearance, but as the name suggests it is smaller and lacks the orange markings on the wings.


2013 - Harwich, Essex - Leslie Chambers
2013 - Marloes, Pembrokeshire - G. Bradley
2013 - Roch, Pembrokeshire - G. Bradley
2014 - Hastings, East Sussex - Darren Spriggs

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