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  63.025 SMALL MAGPIE (Eurrhypara hortulata) Linnaeus  

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PICTURE: Caught at light in my garden in Stone Road, Stafford, July 1987

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth is an abundant resident to England, Wales and Ireland. It becomes less common and more localised in northern England and southern Scotland.

 

WING SPAN: 24mm to 28mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: Moths of this species are single brooded, and are on the wing in June and July. They come to light and actively fly around at dusk before darkness falls, they are also very easily disturbed during the day, and often come up in large numbers from low growing herbage.

 

LARVAL PERIOD: Caterpillars feed within a rolled leaf, or several leaves secured with silken thread. Pupation takes place in a transparent cocoon in hollow stems, or under bark. The pupae over winters and adult moths emerge in spring of the following year.

 

HABITAT: Habitats are  most places where food plants grow such as, waste ground, pastures, hedgerows, commons, heaths, road side verges, river and railway embankments, etc.

FOOD PLANT/S: They feed from around August and into September on common stinging nettles. Some times other plants are consumed, it has been reported on Mint, White Horehound, Woundwort.

SIMILAR SPECIES: None.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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