The Moths of Suffolk
1405 Pleuroptya ruralis, Mother of Pearl, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : Woodland, grassland, heathland, scrub and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to early September

Larval foodplants : Common Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring to P. ruralis and E. hortulata) abundant throughout the whole County, and England. The former was recorded hence by Stephens in 1834.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 33-37mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPerinephela lancealis

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Eye (17.vii.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Great Cornard (vii.2005) © Stuart Read
Tattingstone, Suffolk (11.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Close-up of larval head - Tattingstone, Suffolk (11.vi.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Close-up of anal plate - Tattingstone, Suffolk (11.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Larval spinning on Nettle (Urtica) - Tattingstone, Suffolk (11.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2012) © Neil Sherman