Photo: Dave Green.
Mother of Pearl Moth - Pleuroptya ruralis
These moths, seen on the wing in July and August, have shiny pale
yellowish-brown forewings which are finely patterned.
They fly by day as well as by night, and come to flowers,
especially thistles. The smooth, green caterpillars live inside
stinging nettle leaves rolled with silk from early spring to June.
are alternative larval foodplants.
The moths are very common wherever