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63.006 ~ 1361 ~ Pyrausta aurata ~ Small Purple & Gold
UK Status

Resident. Locally common but patchy distribution throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Found at scattered sites throughout the county, but never common.

Wingspan :   M & F, 15-18mm.

Confusion species

P. purpuralis.
Flight time & Voltinity (Bivoltine)


Wherever foodplant is found.


Water mint and other mint spp.

Lifestage data

Spinning. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva first feeds on underside of leaf and later forms a web amongst the flowers and feeds within. Pupates in a cocoon in the larval feeding place.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 19th Aug 2006, Commins Coch