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Patania ruralis
Mother of Pearl (Scopoli, 1763)
Crambidae: Spilomelinae
1405 / 63.038
Photo © John Furse,  30/07/2016 - Walsey Hills NOA

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Long-winged Pearl
Anania lancealis
Marsh Pearl
Anania perlucidalis
Wingspan: 26-40 mm.
Flight: July and August.
Foodplant:   Nettle.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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 (92%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 10 Records
16/07/2024+27TG42Hickling NNR / Potter Heigham
16/07/2024327TG10Cringleford (UEA)
16/07/2024228TF62King's Lynn
15/07/2024127TG20Norwich (Earlham)
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