Abraxas grossulariata

Irish status: Widespread

Magpie Moth - This moth really resembles a butterfly when day time flying between June and August. It overwinters as a caterpillar and emerges into this beautiful moth in the spring. Part of its diet is berries and currants so not too popular with keen gardeners. I came across this wonderful moth at Annagh Lake in Ballinaglera Co. Leitrim

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