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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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23 July, 2010

Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata)

Although bearing the name Small Magpie, this moth is not related to the Magpie Moth (Abraxus grossulariata ) at all. In fact they are not part of the same family with the Magpie Moth being a geometrid and the Small Magpie being a pyralid.

The Small Magpie is a common moth of woodlands and areas with lots of shrubs and so also favours gardens as well as hedgerows.

The caterpillars can be found on members of the nettle and mint family and they make little 'nests', from a collection of leaves held together by silky spun webbing; a sight you often see when out for a walk.

The oth flies from June in to August and is quite numerous at this time of year.