Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis

Crambidae » Spilomelinae

Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis

With a wingspan of 26 to 40mm, this is one of Britain’s larger micro moths. It always rests with its wings open, showing off its fine patterns and most beautiful pearlescence when the light catches them the right way.

The adult flies June to October, and can be seen in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Common throughout. The larva feeds mainly on Common Nettle.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.