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Pyrausta purpuralis
Common Purple & Gold (Linnaeus, 1758)
Crambidae: Pyraustinae
1362 / 63.007
Photo © Barry Pummell,  North Tuddenham 16/8/2011

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Mint Moth
Pyrausta aurata
Wingspan: c.20 mm.
Flight: May to June and July to August.
Foodplant:   Mints.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Flies during the day and at night.
Often confused with Pyrausta aurata. Arrangement of the postmedian markings on the forewing can form a continuous broad band, but is often broken into three.
The hindwing always has one or two yellow spots or short, broad streaks.

It is possible that P. purpuralis is being over recorded in Norfolk.

Recorded in 54 (73%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1890.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
02/06/2024128TF62King's Lynn
10/05/2024228TL69Stoke Ferry
09/05/2024128TF70Foulden Common
06/09/2023128TF41West Walton
05/09/2023128TL78Weeting Heath
30/08/2023128TF41West Walton
29/08/2023128TF41West Walton
27/08/2023+28TL78Weeting Heath (Gravelpit Wood)
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