Saturday, 31 May 2014

Abraxas grossulariata

Spotted next to my side gate yesterday:

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Abraxas grossulariata  (Magpie Moth) caterpillar

I took this photo of a Magpie Moth in 2009:

Magpie Moth

This is a Summer daytime flying moth. The caterpillars may be found feeding on Blackthorn and Hawthorn but can also cause widespread damage to the leaves of currant and gooseberry bushes.


  1. I don't normally look at moths much John, but thats a beauty.

    1. They are not my favourite creature either Roy. When I first saw one I thought it was a butterfly.

  2. That's quite the handle for such a small creature! It sure turns into a pretty moth. Have been enjoying your post and videos!

    1. Glo. Nothing quite like a Latin name to twist the tongue. It looks more like a pretty butterfly than a moth. Pleased you are enjoying my ramblings.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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