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1884 Magpie Moth, Abraxas grossulariata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status and ecology:

This declining species usually appears sparingly or fairly commonly at mv light. It is occasionally common or even very common at some spots along the coast where it is widespread, especially near Brighton and Hove. Colonies are scarce away from the coast, except near Horsham. The species is single-brooded with adults flying mainly from late June until late August. The larval foodplants of currant, hawthorn and sloe are eaten by larvae at inland locations yet, while these too are chosen occasionally in coastal areas, here Euonymous is the first choice. (Pratt, 2011)

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Edburton, 14 viii 2010 Photo: Tony Wilson

Abraxas grossulariata (Linnaeus, 1758)

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