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1405 Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis

(Scopoli, 1763)

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Using datasets:
Wicken Fen nature reserve species data held by The National Trust: National Trust
GiGL professional survey records (Historic): Greenspace Information for Greater London
HBRG Insects Dataset: Highland Biological Recording Group
Devon incidental species records 1950-2002: Devon Biodiversity Records Centre
St Helens Wildlife Dataset: St Helens Wildlife Recording Group
NE Scotland butterfly and moth records 1800-2010: North East Scotland Biological Records Centre
Patrick Roper's Notebooks: Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre
NRW Regional Data : South East Wales Non-sensitive Species Records: South East Wales Biodiversity Records 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
Tullie House Museum Natural History Collections: Tullie House Museum
Records for Fife Nature Records Centre: Fife Nature Records Centre
SNHG Biological Records Dataset: Seil Natural History Group
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre. Lepidoptera Observation Records. Pre-2010 for Cumbria : Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre
NTS Properties Species Records 1800-2013: National Trust for Scotland
CPERC Recorders day at Waterbeach barracks and airfield: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Environmental Records Centre
Suffolk Biological Records Centre (SBRC) dataset: Suffolk Biological Records 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
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves Inventory: Staffordshire Ecological Record
Stoke-on-Trent Environmental Survey results (1982-1984): Staffordshire Ecological Record
Surrey Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves - Tranche 1 Species Records: Surrey Biodiversity Information Centre
BRERC April 2013: Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
Local Wildlife Site Surveys Oxfordshire: Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre
GiGL professional survey records (Last 10 years): Greenspace Information for Greater London
Hatfield Forest species data held by The National Trust.: National Trust
Herefordshire Biological Records Centre Species Records: Herefordshire Biological Records Centre
WBRC Species data for Worcestershire collated by species group: Worcestershire Biological Records Centre
Sheffield Biological Records Centre- Non-sensitive Records from all taxonomic groups. : Sheffield Biological Records Centre
Ickworth species data held by The National Trust.: National Trust
Anglesey Abbey wildlife species data held by The National Trust.: National Trust
Rotherham Biological Records Centre - Non-sensitive Records from all taxonomic groups: Rotherham Biological Records Centre
North Merseyside Insects (unverified): Merseyside BioBank
Borders Backyard Biodiversity: The Wildlife Information 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
Species Recorded in Somerset: Somerset Environmental Records Centre
Bedfordshire Micro Moths (BNHS) - 1820-2013: Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Recording and Monitoring Centre
Buglife (Scotland) Invertebrate records : Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust
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
NRW Regional Data: North Wales: Cofnod (North Wales Environmental Information Service)
NRW Regional Data: all taxa (excluding sensitive species), West Wales: West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre
Natural Resources Wales Regional Data : Mid-Wales: Biodiversity Information Service for Powys and Brecon Beacons National Park
Commissioned surveys and staff surveys and reports for Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves - Unassessed data: Scottish Wildlife Trust
Lincolnshire Moths: Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership
Survey and monitoring records for Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves from reserve convenors and Trust volunteers - Unassessed data: Scottish Wildlife Trust
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
English Nature and NCC Oxfordshire Surveys: Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre
Species data for Special Wildlife Sites within Worcestershire from date of notification to present.: Worcestershire Biological Records Centre
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - Non-sensitive records from all taxonomic groups: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Invertebrate Site Register - England (1738-2005).: Natural England
North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre - Non-sensitive Records from all taxonomic groups. : North & East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre
SER Site-based Surveys: Staffordshire Ecological Record
Micro-moths distribution for Dumfries and Galloway: Dumfries and Galloway Environmental Resources 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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1405 Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis

(Scopoli, 1763)

Wingspan 26-40 mm.

One of the largest of Britain's so-called 'micro-moths'; in fact it is larger than many of the 'macro-moths', though this division is largely artificial.

The moth rests with all four wings on display, which show a colourful rainbow-like lustre in certain lighting conditions, as the English name suggests.

Common throughout most of Britain, the adults fly from dusk onwards, and are often attracted to light.

The larvae feed on nettle (Urtica dioica), in a rolled-up leaf.

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