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(Scopoli 1763) (Scopoli 1763) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Scopoli 1763)
Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae
Small Purple and Gold? Small Purple and Gold? Common Purple and Gold? Common Purple and Gold? Small Purple and Gold?
Pyrausta aurata Pyrausta aurata Pyrausta purpuralis Pyrausta purpuralis Pyrausta aurata
63.006/007    BF 1361 63.006/007    BF 1361 63.006/007    BF 1361 63.006/007    BF 1361 63.006/007    BF 1361
Two almost identical moths!

The Common Purple and Gold, and the Small Purple and Gold are almost identical. In fact to be certain which species is which, examination of the genitalia is required. They both hang around patches of mint , the food plant of the caterpillar. Hence their other common name 'The Mint Moth'.

Status: Resident in UK

Wing Span: 17 to 19mm and 19 to 21mm.

Flight Period: May and June, again in July August.

Habitat: Both moths like chalk downs, also found near water mint and found in gardens where it feeds mainly on Cat Mint.

Comment: Pyrausta has a patchy distribution in England, Wales and southern Scotland, Inner Hebrides.

(Hufnagel 1767) (Hufnagel 1767) (Hufnagel 1767) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae
Elder Pearl Elder Pearl Elder Pearl Small Magpie Small Magpie
Anania coronata Anania coronata Anania coronata Eurrhypara hortulata Eurrhypara hortulata
63.018    BF 1378 63.018    BF 1378 63.018    BF 1378 63.025    BF 1376 63.025    BF 1376

Status: Resident in UK

Wing Span: 22,mm to 26mm.

Flight Period: June and July.

Habitat: Habitats are hedgerows, gardens, wood land rides and fringes, river banks, commons, heaths, road side verges and many other places where Elder grows.        

Comment: This moth is a quite common resident in England, Wales and Ireland, from around south of Cumbria and Yorkshire.

Status: Resident in UK

Wing Span: 24mm to 28mm.

Flight Period: June and July.

Habitat: Most places where the larval food plant, Stinging Nettles grow.

Comment: This moth is an abundant resident to England, Wales and Ireland. It becomes less common and more localised in northern England, south Scotland.                                   

(Hubner 1796) (Hubner 1796) (Hubner 1809) (Hubner 1809) (Hubner 1809)
Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae
Rusty Dot Pearl Rusty Dot Pearl Pale Straw Pearl Pale Straw Pearl Pale Straw Pearl
Udea ferrugalis Udea ferrugalis Udea lutealis Udea lutealis Udea lutealis
63.031    BF 1395 63.031    BF 1395 63.033    BF 1388 63.033    BF 1388 63.033    BF 1388

Status: Migrant to the UK

Wing Span: 21mm to 23mm.

Flight Period: Spring through to Autumn.

Habitat: Habitats are very variable due to the large variety of food plants consumed by the larvae, and are mainly coastal.

Comment: This moth can appear at almost any time of the year. It can be quite common in south Britain some years, getting scarcer further north.

Status: Resident in UK

Wing Span: 23mm to 26mm.

Flight Period: July and August.

Habitat: Habitats are  most open places where food plants, including Knapweed and Bramble grow. Waste ground, roadside verges pastures, hedgerows, commons.

Comment: This moth is an abundant resident to most parts of the British Isles.

(Denis & Schiffermuller 1775) (Denis & Schiffermuller 1775)      
Crambidae - Pyraustinae Crambidae - Pyraustinae    

 

Dusky Pearl Dusky Pearl    

 

Udea prunalis Udea prunalis      
63.034    BF 1390 63.034    BF 1390      

Status: Resident in UK

Wing Span: 20mm to 24mm.

Flight Period: June and July.

Habitat:  Habitats are  a wide variety of shrubby places, including gardens parks, and hedgerows. Usually where Blackthorn is present, although they actually feed on a wide variety of herbaceous plants.

Comment: This moth is common and wide spread over most of the British Isles.

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Species 63.052 to 63.075

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