Abraxas sylvata - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 30 June 2009
Abraxas sylvata Adult


© Robin Howard

Abraxas sylvata (Scopoli, 1763)

Clouded Magpie
La Zrne de l'orme

Wingspan: 39-47mm

A univoltine species on the wing in June and July. There is only a single record for Las Descargues and the ridge despite the presence of elm in the woodland. A broadleaved woodland species.

The larva feeds on various species of Ulmus before overwintering as a pupa below ground.