Small Magpie - Anania hortulata

    Alt Name
    Eurrhypara hortulata

    Wingspan 24-28 mm. This is one of the most familiar of the Pyralidae, with its yellowish body parts and black-and-white patterned wings.

    Identification difficulty

    Any habitat where Nettles are found.

    When to see it

    Flies in June and July.

    Life History

    The main food plant is Nettle, but Woundworts, Mints, Horehounds and Bindweeds are also used. The larva feeds from a rolled or spun leaf in August and September before hibernating in a tough silk cocoon in a hollow stem or under bark. Pupation occurs in May in the same cocoon, without further feeding.

    UK Status

    It is very common in the Southern half of Britain, becoming less so further North.

    VC55 Status

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

    63.025 BF1376

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map