Mint Moth Caterpillar

Pyrausta aurata

Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata larva

I found these caterpillars on Water Mint growing in my garden pond. The bottom two images show early stage larvae which I discovered on my shed wall. Note the difference in colours.

Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata larva

The larva feeds on the leaves and flowers of various species of mint, including wild and cultivated varieties. They also feed on Marjoram, Dead-nettle,  and other Labiataes and herbs. More mature larvae spin a web, a silken retreat, on the foodplant from which they feed.

Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata larva

They are seen June and July, and into the autumn. The autumn generation hibernate in their cocoons

Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata larva

See about adult here.

© Pete Hillman June and September 2017.

 

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Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella

Adelidae » Adelinae

Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella

7.006 (BF150) Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 14-18mm. Forewing length 7-9mm.

The above image is of the male with his extraordinary long  white antennae, which are three times the length of the forewing. The forewing can have a dark green or bluish-green tint, sometimes with a golden tint.

The adult flies in May and June, and in the daytime, where they may swarm. Found in woodland and heathland, amongst other habitats. Common in England and Wales, more local elsewhere, but widespread. The larva feeds on dead leaves on the ground.

© Pete Hillman May 2015, local wood, Staffordshire.

White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella

Oecophoridae » Oecophorinae

White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella

28.009 (BF648) White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 15-21mm. Forewing length 6-9mm.

Most notable is the white shoulders and prothorax of this moth.

White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella

The adult can be seen any month of the years and is reaily attracted to light. Found in various habitats, but especially in houses and outbuildings. Common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on a variety of detritus, including dead animal and vegetable matter. It also feeds on stored grain produce, and can become a pest.

© Pete Hillman August and September 2017.

Skin Moth Monopis laevigella

Tineidae » Tineinae

Skin Moth Monopis laevigella

12.036 (BF227) Skin Moth Monopis laevigella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 13-20mm. Forewing length 5-10mm.

A tiny micro-moth with a purple sheen peppered with pale scales and a pale blotch just off centre on the forewing. Similar to Monopis weaverella, which has a larger pale blotch which is more centred on the forewing.

Skin Moth Monopis laevigella

The adult flies May to September, and can be found in a variety of habitats, including woodland, parkland and gardens. Common and widespread. The larva feed on animal foodstuffs like bird’s nests, owl pellets and dead animal carcasses.

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis

Crambidae » Glaphyriinae

Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis

63.057 (BF1356) Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 25-28mm. Forewing length13-15mm.

Notice how this moth has a very distinctive resting posture with its wings held elevated in a tent-like fashion.

Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis

The adult flies in two generations, May to June, and July to September. It is attracted to light, and is found in gardens, allotments and on waste ground. Common and widespread, although more local in Scotland. The larva feeds on various Cruciferous plants, especially cultivated, and may become a pest.

© Pete Hillman July 2011.

Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella

Argyresthiidae

Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella

20.021 (BF420) Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella (Clerck, 1759)

Wingspan 10-13mm. Forewing length 5-6mm.

This tiny micro-moth rests in a most distinctive way with its nose-down.

Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella

The adult flies May to August, and flies at dusk. It is found where the foodplant cherry occurs, where the larva feed within the cherry itself and may pose a nuisance in orchards. Common and widespread, but more local in northern regions.

Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella

Lyonetiidae » Lyonetiinae

Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella

21.001 (BF263) Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 7-9mm. Forewing length 4-4.5mm.

A very tiny, whitish moth, with distinct brown patterning towards the tail end of its narrow forewings.

Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella

The adult flies in two or three broods a year, mainly May to October. It comes to light and is found in woodland, heathland, urban parks and gardens. Common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on a variety of fruit trees and forms tiny leaf mines.

Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella

© Pete Hillman August 2017.