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Patania ruralis
Mother of Pearl (Scopoli, 1763)
Crambidae: Spilomelinae
1405 / 63.038
Photo © John Furse,  23/6/2017 Beeston Bog

Similar Norfolk Species
Long-winged Pearl
Anania lancealis
Wingspan: 26-40 mm.
Flight: July and August.
Foodplant:   Nettle.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
Common and widespread. Our most commonly recorded crambid.
Larger than many of the macro-moths !
Colourful sheen to all wings, hence English name.

Flies at night and is easily disturbed by day from nettle patches.

(note 2019 name change from Pleuroptya ruralis to Patania ruralis)

Recorded in 68 (99%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/10/2019127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
22/09/2019127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
12/09/2019128TF83 - N.Creake/Syderstone
12/09/2019227TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
11/09/2019+27TG30 - Brundall/Cantley
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