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Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata)

Observed: 9th August 2009 By: JaseJJaseJ’s reputation in InvertebratesJaseJ’s reputation in InvertebratesJaseJ’s reputation in Invertebrates
Mint Moth
Mint Moth

Small (less than 2cm) deep red moth with gold markings. Found flying around (Spear?) Mint plants.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata) interacts


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Aha! I have seen these on

Aha! I have seen these on mint in my garden, but never managed to ID them. They are very pretty and eye-catching. I will try to find them again now.

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Strictly speaking, you need to see almost all of the hindwing (i.e. including some of the area hidden by the forewings in JaseJ's excellent photos) to be 100% certain that it is aurata rather than purpuralis, but I agree that the likelihood is aurata in this case. P. aurata is much more widespread in gardens and urban areas than P. purpuralis.

Entomologist and biological recorder