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Observed: 21st May 2011 By: Pathew
enlarged moth

My herb garden was full of these little (c 1cm across) moths during early summer when it was very hot and dry here. This one was photographed in full sun at 9.50am on a curry plant(Helchrysum italicum) but most of the time they were on the nearby oregano plants which were in flower.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Pyrausta aurata interacts


NickofNorfolk's picture

Moth observation

I think that this is Pyrausta aurata

laurel's picture


I've never seen this type of moth before, is it widespread or only found in particular regions?

phildean's picture

It's very common and

It's very common and widespread. I quote from :

"P. aurata has two generations; in May and June, and again through July and August. It flies both during the day and at night.

The larvae feed on mints, including spearmint (Mentha spicata) and Apple mint (Mentha rotundifolia), marjoram (Origanum vulgare), Meadow-clary (Salvia pratensis), Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), catmint (Nepeta cataria) and calamints (Calamintha spp).

P. aurata is locally common in England, Wales and southern Scotland, both larvae and adults occurring in gardens as well as wild habitats with the foodplants."

laurel's picture

Thanks for the information

Thanks for the information about it. I'll see if I can spot one next summer.