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70.205 ~ 1884 ~ Magpie ~ Abraxas grossulariata
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly common species, especially in the eastern half of the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 42-48mm.

Confusion species

Clouded Magpie.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Mainly in heather moorland, but also found in woodlands gardens and allotments.


Blackthorn, hazel, blackcurrant, spindle and many other trees and shrubs.

Lifestage data

Overwinters on foodplant as small larva. Larva late August-mid June. Pupates in a cocoon on the plant.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 20th Aug 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by DB, 18th July 2011, Middletown