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Pyrausta ostrinalis (Hübner, 1796)

Scarce Purple and Gold
63.0080 (B&F: 1363)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Pyraloidea
    »Family: Crambidae
      »Subfamily: Pyraustinae
        »Tribe: Endotrichini

Nationally Scarce B

A resident species usually occurring singly or sparingly by day and at mv light on a few herb-rich downland slopes and woodland clearings in East Sussex, although it is sometimes common on the chalk at Wilmington; in serious danger of extinction in West Sussex, where it was last seen during the mid 1990's. Extremely local and distinctly episodic in any numbers. Double-brooded, flying mainly from late April to early June and again from early July to late August. Larvae feed on thyme. (Pratt, 2011).

Pyrausta ostrinalis (Hübner, 1796)
Frog Firle, 03 v 2013
Photo: Bob Eade
Pyrausta ostrinalis (Hübner, 1796)
Deep Dean, 17 vii 2005
Photo: Simon Davey
Pyrausta ostrinalis (Hübner, 1796)
Frog Firle, 06 v 2013
Photo: Bob Eade
Pyrausta ostrinalis (Hübner, 1796)
Frog Firle, 06 v 2013
Photo: Bob Eade

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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