Pyrausta purpuralis

    Alt Name
    Common Purple & Gold
    Description

    Wingspan around 20 mm. In this species the postmedian markings can form a continuous broad band but it is usually broken into three substantial marks. The mark near the dorsum is always much more substantial than that, if any, on P. aurata and turns towards the base of the wing as it approaches the dorsal edge.

    Habitat

    Preferring dry grassland and chalky downland habitats.

    When to see it

    The moth is double-brooded, flying from May to June and July to August. Flies both during the day and at night.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Corn Mint and Thyme.

    UK Status

    Distributed fairly frequently throughout much of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

    Reference
    63.007 BF1362

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map