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Common Purple & Gold

Pyrausta purpuralis


The wingspan is ca. 20 mm. The forewings have a red-violet color with large patches of gold in the basal region and in the middle; the hindwings are dark with a golden band. The moth flies from May to September depending on the location. The species is active during the day. The larvae feed on mint and thyme.


Spotted at the margins of deciduous forest. Reserva de la Biosfera del Río Eo.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/640 sec.; f/13; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired

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Spotted on Aug 19, 2015
Submitted on Nov 3, 2015

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