The Moths of Suffolk
1885 Clouded Magpie, Abraxas sylvata, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Woodland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : Wych Elm and English Elm

Morley's Final Catalogue : Most interestingly scarce in our County. " Local: Bentley, Needham, Barton, Cavenham, Beccles" before 1890. Later, four specimens were taken at Dodnash Wood, in the three years 1894-6, by Hocking; the species was reported to have occurred at Belstead, and I secured a single example at electric light in Ipswich on 10 July 1895(Mly). Apparently strongly decadent.

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-22mm, Wingspan 38-48mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMagpie, Abraxas grossulariata

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Eye (26.vi.2001) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © N Sherman
Monmouthshire (24.vi.2004) © L Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Tattingstone, Suffolk (12.vii.2010) © Brian Jones
Trapped by Bill Last - Chepstow, Monmouthshire (vii.2015) © Neil Sherman