magpie moth


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magpie moth

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1. (Animals) a geometrid moth, Abraxas grossulariata, showing variable patterning in black on white or yellow, whose looper larvae attack currant and gooseberry bushes. The paler clouded magpie is A. sylvata
2. (Animals) small magpie an unrelated micro, Eurrhypara hortulata
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Varley also bred moths to sell or exchange with other collectors and a variety of Magpie Moth he discovered was named 'varleyata' in his honour.
Scientists at the Rothamsted research centre say that seven or eight species of moth caterpillar in the cuckoo's diet are in serious decline, including the garden tiger moth, figure of eight moth, magpie moth and lackey moth.
A THEY'VE probably been eaten by the larvae of the gooseberry sawfly or the magpie moth, perhaps both.
The Magpie Moth caterpillar is a polyphagous species, feeding on a wide range of wild and garden plants, including hawthorn, gooseberry, blackthorn, calluna and currants and, with its black, white and orange-red markings, is very conspicuous.
The once-common magpie moth has already practically disappeared.
Poplar, elephant and lime hawks were all straightforward, as were brimstones, scores of heart and dart, plus setaceous hebrew character and small magpie moths, which were all famil-iar friends.