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.

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Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata

Crambidae » Pyraustinae

Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata

This little beauty came fluttering out of some shrubbery at the bottom of the garden I was watering with the water hose after another very hot June day here. It has a bright yellow head and thorax, with traces in the black-banded abdomen. The forewings and hindwings are white with dark brownish markings which can vary in tonal intensity from grey through brown to black. Wingspan 24 to 28mm.

Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata

The adult flies June to July, and they are found on woodland margins, in hedgerows, and in gardens. Common and widespread throughout except where it is more local in northern England and Scotland. The larva feeds on Common Nettle and occasionally Mint.

© Pete Hillman June 2017.

Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata

Crambidae » Pyraustinae

Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata

This small moth has always been a regular visitor to my garden, yet I have always grown mint, so that is not really very surprising. Within the past year I have added Water Mint to my garden pond, and it was on this plant I discovered this moth which looked like it was laying eggs. See image below.

Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata

It is both a day flying moth and a night flying moth. The adults can be seen March to October, usually in two generations. Found where the larva food plant mint is found, such as gardens and meadows.

Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata larva

Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata larva

The forewings are usually purple with golden markings in fresh specimens, but as they age the purple turns browner like in the image above. Possibly confused with Pyrausta purpuralis.

© Pete Hillman June 2017.