The Moths of Suffolk
1361 Pyrausta aurata, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Gardens, grassland, woodland and scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June, July to September

Larval foodplants : various Labiatae, mint (Mentha), Marjoram (Origanum vulgare), calamint (Calamintha) and clary (Salvia)

Morley's Final Catalogue : No less common than the last kind. Bentley and Parham Woods in May and August (Mly) ; Lowestoft (Skepper) ; Beccles (Crf). Ickworth (Wrt); Elveden (Williams); Icklingham Plains. in May 1922 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-18mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPyrausta purpuralis
Pyrausta ostrinalis

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Great Cornard (vi.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © Neil Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (31.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Seen nectaring on Marjoram in garden - Ipswich, Suffolk (2.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman