Irish moths

Mother of Pearl, Pleuroptya ruralis

Family: Crambidae        Sub-family: Pyraustinae

1405     *     Mother of Pearl     *     Pleuroptya ruralis

Widespread, common
Wingspan: 26-40mm. One of the largest 'micro-moths'

Flight time: July-August
Habitat: Wherever foodplant occurs

Larvae feed in rolled Nettle leaves, overwintering in a cocoon in the ground until March-April.

Mother of Pearl, Pleuroptya ruralis

Photographs: Ballingeary, Co. Cork, SW Ireland. 2010

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