Crambidae: Pyraustinae

1362 (ABH63.007) Pyrausta purpuralis, (Linnaeus, 1758)


 Photo © David Griffiths
 Photo © David Griffiths

General Information

This species is often confused with P.aurata. The arrangement of the postmedian markings on the forewing, forming a continuous broad band, often broken into three is diagnostic.

Flies during the day

Wingspan: c.20 mm.
Foodplant(s): mints (Mentha spp.)
Flying: Two generations, May-June and August
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 57 (21.1%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 22 April to 16 September

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell