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63.038 (BF1405)

Mother of Pearl   

Patania ruralis
Adult: 1
Resident. Common.


One of the largest micro-moths. A distinctive pale moth with lustrous wings.

Recording method

Attracted to light. Commonly disturbed in the field.

Flight period


Larval foodplants

Common Nettle (Urtica dioica) and occasionally elms (Ulmus spp.)


Woodland, gardens and wasteland.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Quhillart Meadow, Wigtownshire, on 19th June 1895 by the Gordon brothers, while the the first for Dumfriesshire was found at Castlehill in Kirkmahoe parish on 29th August 1972 by Sir Arthur Duncan, with the Kirkcudbrightshire first also being found by Duncan at Kirkconnell on 7th August 1977, both specimens at National Museums Scotland.

845 record(s) from 47 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2020 2022 2022
63.038 Pleuroptya Ruralis, Mother Of Pearl
63.038 Pleuroptya Ruralis, Mother Of Pearl

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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