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63.007 (BF1362)

Common Purple & Gold   

Pyrausta purpuralis
Adult: 2
Resident. Common.


Similar to P.aurata and confusion surrounds the external differences between the two species. Believed to be the commonest species locally.

Recording method

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

Flight period

Double brooded. March-September.

Larval foodplants

Thymes and mints, particularly Corn Mint (Mentha arvensis)


Grassland and woodland rides.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found near Dumfries during 1860 by William Lennon, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found in Colvend parish on 23rd July 1870 by Francis Buchanan White, with the Wigtownshire first being found at Corsemalzie on 6th June 1897 by the Gordon brothers.

125 record(s) from 28 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1911 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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