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Scientific Name: Pleuroptya ruralis
Common Name: Mother of Pearl
Pleuroptya ruralis, more commonly known as the Common Grey, has a wingspan of 26 - 40 mm and is one of the largest of Britain's so-called 'micro-moths'; in fact it is larger than many of the 'macro-moths', though this division is largely artificial. The moth rests with all four wings on display, which show a pearlescent lustre in certain lighting conditions, as its common name suggests.
Habitat is gardens, waste ground and rough pastures, often around nettle beds. Active during July and August, the adults fly from dusk onwards and are often attracted to light. The larvae feed on nettles, in a rolled-up leaf. Common throughout most of Britain.
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