Crambidae : Pyraustinae
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Pyrausta purpuralis
Common Purple & Gold
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Pyrausta aurata
Mint Moth

(Scopoli, 1763)1361 / 63.006
=Small Purple & Gold

Norfolk status
Day and night flying species.
Often confused with Pyrausta purpuralis. Characteristic arrangement of the postmedian markings on the forewing. The spot near the dorsal edge is either absent or small and broken into three parts.

Can be common in gardens where marjoram and mint grows.

Recorded in 68 (92%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1890.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10kGeneral Area
07/07/2024127TG32Neatishead / Barton Broad
29/06/2024128TF92Great Ryburgh
28/06/2024128TM09Great Ellingham
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Wingspan: 18-20 mm.
Flight: May - June and again through July and August.
Foodplant:   Mints.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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