Saturday, 11 August 2007

Common Crimson and Gold Moth (Pyrausta purpuralis)

Adult European Peacock (subspecies P. p. minimalis) at Geddington, Northants - August 2011

Featured Subspecies: Pysrausta purpuralis minimalis
Length: ?
Wingspan: 20mm
UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

This species was found on a walk near my home in Northants, and appears to be a species which is primarily known by its Latin name, and it wasn't until a while later that I managed to track down a common name for it.  It is a member of the "mint moths" group, so named because they feed on mint.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Crambidae
Genus: Pyrausta
SUBSPECIES: P. p. minimalis

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A fairly common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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