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72.067 ~ 2470 ~ Small Purple-barred ~ Phytometra viridaria
UK Status

Resident. Local

Montgomeryshire Status

A local, mainly day-flying species found at a few scattered sites in the south-west and north of the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 19-20mm.

Confusion species

Pyrausta despicata (micro moth).
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Calcareous grassland, heathland, moorland, woodland rides and coastal sand-dunes.


Common milkwort, heath milkwort and lousewort.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa in cocoon in leaf litter. Larva late June-early Sept.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MJD, 27th May 2012, Llanymynech

Photo by GBC, 21st June 2014, Lake Vyrnwy