Monday, 25 August 2014

Pyrausta aurata

An Autumn example of the Pyralid Pyrausta aurata, this one is rather worn with many of the red scales on the wings missing. The moth which has a wing length of only 7mm looks black at a distance but is quite striking close-up. It is a moth of limestone grasslands, its larva feed on Majoram and other mints.
Pyrausta aurata

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