Eurrhypara hortulata

Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata

This little beauty came fluttering out of some shrubbery at the bottom of the garden I was watering with the water hose after another very hot June day here. It has a bright yellow head and thorax, with traces in the black-banded abdomen. The forewings and hindwings are white with dark brownish markings which can vary in tonal intensity from grey through brown to black. Wingspan 24 to 28mm.

Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata

The adults fly June to July, and they are found on woodland margins, in hedgerows, and in gardens. Common and widespread throughout except where it is more local in northern England and Scotland.

The larvae feed on Common Nettle and occasionally Mint.

Photographs taken in June 2017.