Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata)

Friday, June 15, 2012 Adam Tilt 2 Comments


It's been a while since this blog has featured any moths, mainly due to the much promised but seldom progressed moth trap still being in pieces in my garage. That's not to say they aren't around though if the constant knocking against my windows each evening is anything to go by. Most of these I haven't tried to get on camera as it's usually been raining outside, but I did find a couple of beauties whilst out photographing Cuckoo Spit for the previous post. The keen gardeners amongst you may recognise the plant below as Mint, which is rather apt given that the moth upon it is a Mint Moth.

27418 - Mint Moth

27417 - Mint Moth

I spotted one of these increasingly common months in August last year on the same plant so it's great to see them back again. They are normally on the wing from May until September and are typically day flyers which is probably the reason I found them so easily. A couple of other plainer coloured moths were also out and about which is just added impetus to finally get that trap together!

2 comments:

  1. Well, I have not seen or heard of the "common" mint moth, thanks Adam, now I can. Beautiful images.

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  2. A lovely colour Adam.
    Some of our day flying moths are quite colourful aren't they.

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