Pyrausta daytime-flying pyralid moths can be seen in Wyre during the summer. Pyrausta aurata, the commoner of the 2, can be found in gardens too where the caterpillars feed on mints, marjoram and other labiates. Mick Farmer spotted this one in Bewdley. The larvae of Pyrausta purpuralis feed on wild thyme and mints in Wyre.
Pyrausta aurata on Origanum, Bewdley, 18 July 2017
Photograph by Mick Farmer
Pyrausta purpuralis, Town Coppice, 9 July 2009
Photograph by Rosemary Winnall