Anania coronata

    Alt Name
    Spotted Magpie, Phlyctaenia coronata
    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    63.018 BF1378

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map