Mother of Pearl

Pleuroptya ruralis – With a wingspan of 2640mm, this is one of Britain’s larger micro moths. It always rests with its wings open, showing off its fine patterns and most beautiful pearlescence when the light catches them the right way. The adult flies June to October, and can be seen in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Common throughout. The larvae feed mainly on Common Nettle.

Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis

Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, July 2018. Nikon D7200 © Peter Hillman.