The Moths of Suffolk
1884 Magpie, Abraxas grossulariata, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Woodland, hedgerows, fen, heathland gardens and allotments

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-September

Larval foodplants : Blackthorn, hawthorns, Hazel, Garden Privet, Black and Red Currant and other shrubs

Morley's Final Catalogue : Only too numerous in gardens everywhere, but rarely seen wild in rural districts.

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-25mm, Wingspan 42-48mm


Confusion species
    AdultClouded Magpie, Abraxas sylvata

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Eye (5.viii.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2002) © N Sherman
Spexhall, Suffolk (5.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Over-wintered larva collected autumn 2013 from Blackthorn - Grove Farm, Thurston, Suffolk (iv.2014) © Neil Sherman