The Moths of Suffolk
1367 Pyrausta cingulata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Uncertain, possibly extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Cliffs and grassland on chalky soils

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June and July to August

Larval foodplants : possibly Meadow Clary (Salvia pratensis) or Thyme (Thymus drucei)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Much overlooked in the east: Lowestoft (Skepper); quite common in both Letheringham Park and Parham Wood in August (Mly). Ickworth (Wrt); Elveden (Williams); and quite common between Elveden and Bamham (Nurse, Ent. 1911, 221).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-17mm


Confusion species
    AdultPyrausta nigrata

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Las Descargues, France. (ix.2006) © Neil Sherman

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Portland , Dorset (4.viii.2002) © Matthew Deans