The Moths of Suffolk
1366 Pyrausta nigrata, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Uncertain, possibly extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Grassland on chalky soil

Flight Period : Double-brooded; June to July and September to October

Larval foodplants : Thyme (Thymus drucei), Marjoram (Origanum vulgare), Corn Mint (Mentha arvensis) and Woodruff (Galium odoratum)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Noticed at only Tuddenham during July 1896 (A. Waters, Entom. March 1897).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-17mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPyrausta cingulata
Diasemia reticularis
Diasemiopsis ramburialis
Spoladea recurvalis

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Las Descargues, France. (ix.2006) © Neil Sherman

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Brockham Hills, Surrey (1.viii.2007) © Stuart Read