The Moths of Suffolk
1362 Pyrausta purpuralis, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Gardens, grassland, woodland and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August, according to literature this species is double-brooded with an early spring brood from May to June although there are no local records to support this

Larval foodplants : Corn mint (Mentha arvensis) and thyme (Thymus), between spun leaves

Morley's Final Catalogue : The commonest of the group, but much scarcer than in south England. Rare at Ipswich lights 1895, infrequent at Blakenham Parva and Parham Wood (Mly); Dunwich, Lowestoft. Tuddenham and Elveden.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-22mm


Confusion species
    AdultPyrausta aurata
Pyrausta ostrinalis

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Fontmell Down, Dorset (vii.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Taken at mv - Bradwell, Suffolk (23.vii.2012) © Keith Knights