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Pyrausta Moth on Marjoram

Observed: 15th August 2010 By: DluogsDluogs’s reputation in InvertebratesDluogs’s reputation in InvertebratesDluogs’s reputation in Invertebrates
Pyrausta 1c underside
Pyrausta 1a upper
Pyrausta 1b underside
Pyrausta 1d Scale in mm

Small brown moth with gold markings.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Pyrausta species i.d.

I've been trying to use the helpful PDF from Upper Thames Butterflies: Difficult Moths - Pyrausta. This suggests the subterminal line is diagnostic. But looking at the underwings on my photos, I can't tell whether there there is a subterminal line or just a worn and so lighter area at the base of the wings. Can you help me with this, please. Thanks!

Sorry - the reason for the Pyrausta Purpuris ID is wrong - it applies to a different moth I will upload. I wish you had two minutes grace to delete ID typos in!

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On the basis of this specimen i dont think you can conclude on the wings as is in the image in any case i dont think they are sufficiently open to identify the white spot in the basal area , there are other options as well

I think the safest option is Pyraustra for what its worth it looks like P. aurata but I could be wrong (oops you managed to find the same link )


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No white spot

Sorry - my reason for the P. purpuralis belongs to another insect - just uploaded. I was using at the underside of the wings to try and identify this specimen. There's a lot of yellow on them but not sure if there's a clear subterminal line. Also the abodmen underside doesn't look black. But thanks for replying!

PS - I have changed the order of the photos so the underside is the first one that people look at.