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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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05 July, 2010

Magpie Moth (Abraxus grossulariata)

Another moth that flies by night but that is often seen by day. It is easily disturbed from shrubbery vegetation and because of its magnificent black and white colouring it does tend to stand out somewhat. It is also quite big and you could be forgiven or mistaking it for a butterfly at first.

Flying from now and well in to August the Magpie Moth is often found in gardens, especially if there are fruit bushed present, but you will also find it in woodlands, hedgerows, on commons and even grassland.

It is common species, attracted to light, and quite easily identified.

The larvae appear on fruit bushes and hedgerow shrubs in September and they over winter as larvae before pupating in the spring and emerging in July.