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Pyrausta purpuralis

Observed: 31st August 2010 By: PetejPetej’s reputation in InvertebratesPetej’s reputation in InvertebratesPetej’s reputation in InvertebratesPetej’s reputation in Invertebrates
Pyrausta purpuralis
Description:

Found in the day time on a bright sunny day.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Unknown (Pyrausta purpuralis) interacts

Comments

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Pyrausta

The species Pyrausta ostrinalis is very similar to P purpuralis and to be certain of the id it would be necessary to inspect the underside of the forewing (ostrinalis has a sub-terminal line that reaches the costa, whereas on purpuralis it peters out before it reaches the costa).
P ostrinalis is the rarer of the two species and - according to the National Biodiversity Network Gateway maps (see UK Moths web-site) - appears not have been recorded in Warwickshire whereas purpuralis is much more widespread. However, due to the similarity of the two species it is possible that P ostrinalis could be more widespread than the records suggest.

Jonathan Wallace

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Pyrausta

Thanks Jonathan

I have only found this moth a couple of times as I am relatively new to moth identification.
Once was in Warwickshire and once at Aston Rowant in Oxfordshire. Your comment raises interesting possibilities.

Pete

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