Anania coronata

Alternative names
Spotted Magpie, Phlyctaenia coronata

Wingspan 22-26 mm. This is an easy species to recognise - its dark brown wings have large pale circular patches and are lightly fringed.

Identification difficulty

Rough ground and in gardens where Elder flourishes.

When to see it

June to July is the main flight period often attracted to light. Adults can sometimes be disturbed during the day from the foodplant.

Life History

The larvae feed on the young leaves of Elder; they hibernate during the Winter, pupating in the Spring.

UK Status

Fairly common throughout England and Wales, and also Ireland.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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