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Pyrausta purpuralis

(Linnaeus, 1758)1362 / 63.007

Davey, P., 2009: A species found across much of Britain, the larva feeding on the leaves of thyme (Thymus spp.) and mint (Mentha spp.). The adult is active by day, and also at night when it sometimes visits light traps. In Dorset, the moth is locally abundant among unimproved short-turf grassland on chalky soil where wild thyme (Thymus polytrichus) grows. It also occurs at low density in water meadow, marsh, pond and river habitat where water mint (Mentha aquatica) flourishes. The peak of the... Read More

Additional Stats

Wingspan: c.20 mm.
Flight: May to June and July to August.
Foodplant:   Mints.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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