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1361 Pyrausta aurata

(Scopoli, 1763)

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Using datasets:
Surrey Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves - Tranche 1 Species Records: Surrey Biodiversity Information Centre
Wicken Fen nature reserve species data held by The National Trust: National Trust
BRERC April 2013: Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
GiGL professional survey records (Historic): Greenspace Information for Greater London
GiGL professional survey records (Last 10 years): Greenspace Information for Greater London
Devon incidental species records 1950-2002: Devon Biodiversity Records Centre
Herefordshire Biological Records Centre Species Records: Herefordshire Biological Records Centre
WBRC Species data for Worcestershire collated by species group: Worcestershire Biological Records Centre
St Helens Wildlife Dataset: St Helens Wildlife Recording Group
Sheffield Biological Records Centre- Non-sensitive Records from all taxonomic groups. : Sheffield Biological Records Centre
Dorset Sites of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) species records pre 2000: Dorset Environmental Records Centre
Patrick Roper's Notebooks: Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre
Rotherham Biological Records Centre - Non-sensitive Records from all taxonomic groups: Rotherham Biological Records Centre
North Merseyside Insects (unverified): Merseyside BioBank
NRW Regional Data : South East Wales Non-sensitive Species Records: South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre
Lepidoptera: Moths: Records for Kent: Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre
Wiltshire & Swindon Site-based Survey Records: Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre
Natural England species data for SSSI within Worcestershire from date of notification to present: Worcestershire Biological Records Centre
Derbyshire Casual LEPIDOPTERA records - Casual records collated by Derby Museum.: Derbyshire Biological Records Centre
Species Recorded in Somerset: Somerset Environmental Records Centre
Bedfordshire Micro Moths (BNHS) - 1820-2013: Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Recording and Monitoring Centre
Lepidoptera species distribution dataset from 1981 to 2008 for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly: Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Dorset SSSI Species Records 1952 - 2004 (Natural England): Dorset Environmental Records Centre
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust species data for owned and managed Reserves within Worcestershire from date of first acquisition to present.: Worcestershire Biological Records Centre
RHS monitoring of native and naturalised plants and animals at its gardens and surrounding areas: Royal Horticultural Society
Tullie House Museum Natural History Collections: Tullie House Museum
Records from the RHS insect reference collection: Royal Horticultural Society
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre. Lepidoptera Observation Records. Pre-2010 for Cumbria : Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
Commissioned surveys and staff surveys and reports for Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves - Unassessed data: Scottish Wildlife Trust
Lincolnshire Moths: Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership
Shropshire Ecological Data Network Database: Shropshire Ecological Data Network
Merseyside BioBank Active Naturalists (unverified): Merseyside BioBank
English Nature Oxfordshire Invertebrate Surveys: Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre
Welsh Invertebrate Database (WID): Natural Resources Wales
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - Non-sensitive records from all taxonomic groups: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Invertebrate Site Register - England (1738-2005).: Natural England
Suffolk Biological Records Centre (SBRC) dataset: Suffolk Biological Records Centre
North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre - Non-sensitive Records from all taxonomic groups. : North & East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre
Lepidoptera Records up to April 2010: Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
WBRC Species data for Worcestershire collated by date.: Worcestershire Biological Records Centre
Microlepidoptera of Glamorgan: South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre
SER Species-based Surveys: Staffordshire Ecological Record
Sussex Moth data for 2011 and 2012 DEFRA FUNDED: Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre
Chippenham Fen Moth surveillance project: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Environmental Records Centre

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63.006 BF1361
Pyrausta aurata

(Scopoli, 1763)

Wingspan 18-20 mm.

This species is often confused with Pyrausta purpuralis. Both can be bright purple with golden markings, especially when fresh, or brown with yellowish markings, especially when worn. The principal distinguishing feature is the arrangement of the postmedian markings on the forewing.

On P. aurata the only consistent postmedian mark is a round golden blotch near the costa, but there is usually a small golden mark between it and the costa. In fresh specimens, there is sometimes a thin indistinct wavy golden postmedian line between the round blotch and the dorsum.

On P. purpuralis the postmedian markings can form a continuous broad band, but it is usually broken into three substantial marks. The mark near the dorsum is always much more substantial than that, if any, on P. aurata, and turns towards the base of the wing as it approaches the dorsal edge.

P. aurata has two generations; in May and June, and again through July and August. It flies both during the day and at night.

The larvae feed on mints, including spearmint (Mentha spicata) and Apple mint (Mentha rotundifolia), marjoram (Origanum vulgare), Meadow-clary (Salvia pratensis), Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), catmint (Nepeta cataria) and calamints (Calamintha spp).

P. aurata is locally common in England, Wales and southern Scotland, both larvae and adults occurring in gardens as well as wild habitats with the foodplants.

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