Crambidae : Spilomelinae
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Pleuroptya ruralis
Mother of Pearl

(Scopoli, 1763)63.038/1405
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.

Recorded in 67 (97%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2018.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/10/2018127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
13/10/2018128TL99 - Thompson/Gt.Hocking
05/10/2018128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
05/10/2018127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
11/09/2018228TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
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Wingspan: 26-40 mm.
Season: July and August.
Foodplant:   Nettle.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
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