Small Purple-barred - Phytometra viridaria


Wingspan 19 to 20 mm. An attractive species with broad pinky-purple bars on the wings

Identification difficulty

It frequents acid heathland, chalky downland and open woodland.

When to see it

A mainly diurnal species, flying in May to July, it also flies after dark, when it is attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on the flowers and leaves of Common Milkwort and Heath Milkwort.

UK Status

Most common in the south of England, occurring locally elsewhere to northern Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

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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