Saturday, July 04, 2009


Living on the ceiling

Quite pretty, it's a Small Magpie Moth (Eurrhypara hortulata) hiding unsuccessfully on our kitchen ceiling after having flown in through the open window:


Size: Wingspan approximately 25mm.
Distribution: Found throughout most of the UK. Less common in the north of Scotland.
Months seen: June and July.
Habitat: Hedgerows, roadside verges and gardens.
Food: The larvae feed on stinging nettles, mint and bindweed
Special features: The small magpie moth gets its name from the black and white markings on the wings. There are also some orange-yellow patches at the tip of the tail and where the wings meet the body.

The caterpillars remain hidden from predators by feeding inside a rolled up leaf.


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