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63.038 ~ 1405 ~ Pleuroptya ruralis ~ Mother of Pearl
UK Status

Resident. Widespread throughout the British Isles, abundant in the south, more local and less common in the north.

Montgomeryshire Status

A very common species throughout the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 33-37mm.

Confusion species

Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Many habitats.


Common nettle.

Lifestage data

Leaf roller. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva forms a rolled leaf and lives within but, easily spooked, it drops from a silk thread if disturbed. Pupates in a large silk-lined chamber in leaves of foodplant.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 27th July 2008, Llanfyllin