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Magpie Moth
Abraxas grossulariata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1884 / 70.205

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on red currant (Ribes rubrum), black currant (Ribes nigrum), gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa), spindle (Eunonymus europaeus), and other deciduous shrubs and trees. In Dorset, this highly distinctive moth is common to abundant amongst blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) thickets in coastal districts and frequent to common amongst blackthorn and spindle scrub on chalky soils. Larvae also feed on evergreen spindle (Euonymus japonicus)... Read More

Recorded in 41 (103%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 18-25mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorns, Privet, Currants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
02/09/201919SY79 Puddletown
29/08/201919ST61 Sherborne
26/08/2019+9SY39 Lyme Regis
25/08/201919SY78 Broadmayne
25/08/201919ST61 Sherborne

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