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Mint moth

Pyrausta aurata

Description:

The purplish-brown wings have a span from 10 to 15 millimetres, and a single golden yellow spot on each overwing and underwing. The moth is very similar to the related Pyrausta purpuralis, a slightly larger moth with a larger number of yellow spots.

Habitat:

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. 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.

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Victor Mallorquin
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Victor Mallorquin

Wealden, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Aug 26, 2013
Submitted on Aug 26, 2013

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