Geometridae: Ennominae

07522 Magpie Moth Abraxas grossulariata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF1884 (ABH70.205)


General Information

This species is unlikely to be confused with any other, except the Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata) micro moth and the Clouded Magpie (A. sylvata) which are both considerably smaller.


Pupates on the foodplant.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes come to light.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 18-25mm.
Foodplant(s): Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Hazel (Corylus avellana), privets (Ligustrum spp.), Red Currant (Ribes rubrum), Black Currant (Ribes nigrum), Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa), Spindle (Euonymus europaeus)
Flying: One generation, late June-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Although usually found around moorland heather but can also be found in gardens, woodlands and hedgerows.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Clouded Magpie Abraxas sylvata

Larva Type:
White, black, orange
No. of Proleg Pairs: