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Mint Moth

Pyrausta aurata


It is a small moth active by day.The purplish-brown wings have a span from 10 - 15 mm, and a single golden yellow spot on each overwing and underwing. In north-west Europe it can be seen from April until the end of September, and is capable of having two generations in each season.


As the name suggests, the mint moth often uses mint as a food plant, though it can also be found on other species such as marjoram.


Sometimes very difficult to determine is it Pyrausta aurata or Pyrausta purpuralis cause they are very similar, for more about that follow the link in my references! Related spotting:

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injica 8 years ago

Thank you ;)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Lovely spotting !

injica 8 years ago

Thank you Bernadette, they are quite a refreshment in the Crambidae white/pale/colorless world ;)

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Love those colors!

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Spotted on Jul 26, 2013
Submitted on Jul 27, 2013


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