The Moths of Suffolk
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata, Small Magpie, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Gardens, woodland, fens, heathland, grassland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to early August

Larval foodplants : Common Nettle (Urtica dioica), less commonly on Labiatae including White Horehound (Marrubium vulgare), Woundwort (Stachys) and mint (Mentha)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring to P. ruralis and E. hortulata) abundant throughout the whole County, and England. The former was recorded hence by Stephens in 1834.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 33-35mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Eye (25.iv.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © Neil Sherman
Larval spinning on Nettle (Urtica) - Tangham, Suffolk (19.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Close up of anal plate - Tangham, Suffolk (19.ix.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Close up of head - Tangham, Suffolk (19.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Swept from Nettle (Dioica) - Tangham, Suffolk (19.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Swept from Nettle (Dioica) - Tangham, Suffolk (19.ix.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (31.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener