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63.005 ~ 1365 ~ Pyrausta despicata ~ Straw-barred Pearl
UK Status

Resident. Found locally throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from a few sites in the northern half of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 14-19mm.

Confusion species

Flight time & Voltinity (Bivoltine)


Found on dry sandy soils.


Plantain spp.

Lifestage data

Spinning. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva feed gregariously in woven galleries at the base of leaves. Pupates in a tough whitish cocoon in the soil.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 28th Aug 2006, Commins Coch

Photo by DB, 15th Apr 2014, Llanymynech