Small Magpie Moth - Eurrhypara hortulata, click for a larger image
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Small Magpie Moth - Eurrhypara hortulata
Family - Pyralidae

Wingspan 24-28mm (1-1.2in), with an orange yellow hairy thorax and black and white patterned wings the Small Magpie Moth very common in the southern half of Britain.  Seen on the wing in June and July.  Caterpillars feed inside rolled leaves of Stinging nettle in August and September and so remain hidden from predators.  Woundworts - Stachys spp., Mints - Mentha spp., Horehounds - Marrubium and Ballota spp., and Bindweeds (Calystegia spp.) are also used.  The larvae then hibernate in a tough silk cocoon, pupating the next May.  Sometimes confused with the unrelated Magpie moth.

63.025, Bradley & Fletcher #1376

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