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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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.

Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea

Crambidae » Scopariinae

Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea

63.069 BF1342 Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea (Curtis, 1827)

Wingspan 17-22 mm. Forewing length 8-10mm. A narrow-winged species which is sharply pointed at the apex.

Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea

The adult flies July into late autumn, and is attracted to light. Found near the coast, and in woodlands and gardens. Common and widespread. The larva feeds on mosses.

Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea

Narrow-winged Grey Eudonia angustea

© Pete Hillman September 2017.

Spotted Magpie Anania coronata

Crambidae » Pyraustinae

Spotted Magpie Anania coronata

Spotted Magpie Anania coronata (Hufnagel, 1767) 63.018 BF1378

Wingspan 22-26 mm. Forewing length 11-13m. A fairly attractive micro moth with distinctive pearly white markings. Very similar to Anania stachydalis, which is rarer.

Spotted Magpie Anania coronata

The adult flies June to July, and is often attracted to light. Found in a variety of habitats, including woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread throughout England and Wales. The larva feeds on Elder, living within a spun or rolled leaf.

© Pete Hillman July 2011 and 2017.