Pyrausta despicata

Alternative names
Straw-barred Pearl

Wingspan 14 to19 mm. The plainest-looking of our native Pyrausta species.

Identification difficulty

This moth occupies suitably chalky and limestone habitats.

When to see it

It is double-brooded, with flight periods in May and June, and later in July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed on Ribwort Plantain and Greater Plantain, often in groups, in silken galleries.

UK Status

Found in suitable habitats throughout the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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