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Abraxas grossulariata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Magpie Moth
70.2050 (B&F: 1884)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Geometroidea
    »Family: Geometridae
      »Subfamily: Ennominae
        »Tribe: Abraxini

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)

Abraxas grossulariata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ringmer, 25 vii 2017
Photo: John Luck
Abraxas grossulariata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Bexhill, 18 vi 2019
Photo: Martin Banks
Abraxas grossulariata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sheffield Park, 29 x 2014
Photo: Matthew Scott

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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