Abraxus grossulariata: the magpie moth

Although the magpie moth (Abraxus grossulariata) flies mainly at night it can often be seen by day. It is easily disturbed from shrubbery and vegetation and because of its magnificent, conspicuous black and white colouring it does tend to stand out somewhat. It is also quite big and you could be forgiven for mistaking it for a butterfly at first.
It is, then, a common species, attracted to light and quite easily identified. Flying in July and August the magpie moth is often found in gardens, especially if there are fruit bushes present, but you will also find it in woodlands, in hedgerows, on commons and even on grassland.
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.
Abraxus grossulariata: the magpie moth

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