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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Inlaid Grass-veneer Crambus pascuella

Crambidae » Crambinae

Crambus pascuella

This is quite an unusual and a long crambid moth with golden brownish ground colour and a distinct longitudinal white streak across the forewing. Similar to other Crambus species, but the way the streak is interrupted by a fine dark line helps identify it. Forewing length up to 12mm.

Crambus pascuella

The adult flies June to August, and is found in various grassy places. Common and widespread. The larva feed on the roots of various grasses.

© Pete Hillman June 2017.

Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella

Crambidae » Crambinae

Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella

This small species of moth is quite a common visitor to my garden. It has a forewing length of 9 to 12mm, and has metallic gold fringes and two angled cross-lines.

Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella

The adults fly June and July, and can be found in gardens, meadows, and other grassy places. Can be quite abundant and it is widespread throughout. The larvae feed on the stems of various grasses.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.