Geometridae: Sterrhinae

1698 (ABH70.002) Purple-bordered Gold Idaea muricata, (Hufnagel, 1767)



General Information

Pink and yellow markings make this moth unmistakable. The amount of pink is variable, with the most numerous form f. auroraria having large yellow patches and margins. f. totatubra is nearly completely pink.


Flies from dusk and at dawn.


Pupates in plant debris on the ground.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 8-10mm.
Foodplant(s): Marsh Cinquefoil (Potentilla palustris)
Flying: One generation, late June-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Damp heaths, bogs, mosses, marshes, fens and wet grassland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 2 (0.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 1956

Recorded date range (Adult): 22 June to 14 August

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 14 July to 14 July

Similar Species
Tawny Wave Scopula rubiginata

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
Brown, grey, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: