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The wings of this moth are predominantly white marked with heavy black spotting, which is prone to much individual variation. There is a pale orange crossline running across the forewing near the outer margin. The hindwing is whiter with a row of black spots on the outer margin. It has a wingspan of 1.3 to 1.75 inches.
Distribution and Habitat
The magpie moth is found throughout Europe, from the British Isles into eastern Siberia. It inhabits a variety of habitats, including gardens, parks, grasslands, meadows, and scrubby areas.
The magpie moth overwinters as a caterpillar, pupates in the late spring, and is on the wing through the summer. The caterpillar is pale green with bold, black spots and a rusty line down the sides.
Magpie moth caterpillars feed on a variety of shrubs, including hazel, hawthorn, privet, and currants. Adults drink nectar from flowers.
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