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63.005 (BF1365)

Straw-barred Pearl   

Pyrausta despicata
Adult: 1
Resident. Local.


A plainer marked species of Pyrausta.  Quite variable in the strength of its markings.

Recording method

Commonly found in the field on sunny days. Attracted to light.

Flight period

Double brooded. April-September.

Larval foodplants

Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) and Greater Plantain (Plantago major).


Grassland and coastal shingle.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire, on 6th May 1897 by the Gordon brothers, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found near Dalry on 24th July 1988. No records from Dumfriesshire.

66 record(s) from 14 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2018

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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