Pyrausta despicata: Distribution map

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63.005 BF1365
Pyrausta despicata

(Scopoli, 1763)


Wingspan 14-19 mm.

The plainest-looking of our native Pyrausta species, this moth occupies suitably chalky and limestone habitats throughout the British Isles.

It is double-brooded, with flight periods in May and June, and later in July and August.

The larvae feed on ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata), greater plantain (P. major), often in groups, in silken galleries.
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