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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 9-10mm.

Foodplant: Various mint spp.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19931859188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records1664932021914
Number of individuals1697545138712
Unique positions422551508
Unique locations432549497
Adult records1644731421713
Immature records20000

For the county, we have a total of 768 records from 173 sites. First recorded in 1859.


1361 Pyrausta aurata 03
© Andy Nunn
1361 Pyrausta aurata 02
© Andy Nunn
1361 Pyrausta aurata 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Quite widespread and often locally common in vice-counties 62 to 65, most frequently reported from localities on chalk or limestone.

Beaumont, 2002: VC61. Spurn, 26.7.1995 (BRS); North Grimston, 17.7.1996 (GBS); Settrington, 15.8.1997 (ASE); Holme-on-Spalding Moor, 1 & 7.9.2000 (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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