Pyrausta despicata

    Alt Name
    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).

    63.005 BF1365

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map