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|I spotted this Magpie Moth in the garden of our holiday cottage. At first I thought it was a butterfly, but it somehow seemed the wrong shape and it was very, very docile and let me take loads of pics before it flew off. The conditions, as you can probably see, were extremely windy. You can see the anntenae being blown backwards. He reminded me of a "wing walker", those daredevil people who strap themselves to the wings of aeroplanes. Looks like he's got goggles on and his expression gives away his battle against the elements!|
Anyway, Magpie Moths Abraxas grossulariata have a variable black and white pattern with a yellowish-orange line across the middle of the forewing and near the head. It is found throughout Britain, except in the far North.
It is poisonous and, if trapped in a spiders web, the spider will take no more than one bite!
The caterpillar is a looper, with black spots on a white/light green body with reddish sides, conspicuously coloured to warn off predators.
The adults drink nectar from flowers and the caterpillars eat blackthorn, hawthorn, currant and gooseberry bushes.
It can be seen from June to August.
It's habitat is woods, gardens and hedges.
It is slightly noisy (I think) but not quite enough to distract (I hope). I'm still learning NeatImage!
Thanks for stopping by.
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