Species: Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata)

Family: Pyrales (PYRALIDAE)

Category: Butterflies & Moths

Location: NW

A. Butterflies & Moths

B. Pyrales (PYRALIDAE)

Pyralid moths are also called 'snout moths' or 'grass moths', combining to make one of the largest families in the butterfly and moth order. The wingspans of this family of moths are small or medium, between 9mm and 37mm.

C. Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata)

The Mint Moth flies in both sunshine and at night. Adults prefer sitting on leaves of Mint, although the one photographed here was resting on the small flower heads of a Feverfew plant.

This moth can be confused for the Common Purple and Gold moth, Pyrausta purpuralis

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Mint Moth

Adult Mint Moths prefer sitting on leaves of Mint, although the one photographed here was resting on an Oxeye Daisy.

Mint Moth

The Mint Moth flies in both sunshine and at night.