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70.206 (BF1885)

Clouded Magpie   

Abraxas sylvata
Adult: 1
Resident, scarce, local. Widespread but local in England and Wales, in Scotland mainly Dumfries and Galloway with scattered western records to Argyll.


Easily distinguished from typical forms of Magpie by fewer and more blurred black and yellow markings.

Recording method

Comes to light, often outside the moth trap.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa underground. Larvae mid-July to early October.

Larval foodplants

Variety of elms.


Mainly woodland, but also parkland and gardens where the foodplant is present.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1903 for VC74 at Garheugh road, Luce Bay, in 1930 for VC72 at Closeburn by Duncan and in 1939 for VC73 at Laurieston Hall by Stamp.

485 record(s) from 43 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2021

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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