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Foodplant / open feeder
caterpillar of Pyrausta aurata grazes on live leaf of Mentha

Foodplant / open feeder
caterpillar of Pyrausta aurata grazes on live leaf of Satureja hortensis

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Pyrausta aurata

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Species With Barcodes: 1
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Mint moth

The mint moth (Pyrausta aurata) is a small moth from the family Crambidae, active by day.

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The purplish-brown wings have a span from 10 to 15 millimetres, and a single golden yellow spot on each overwing and underwing. The moth is very similar to the related Pyrausta purpuralis, a slightly larger moth with a larger number of yellow spots.

As the name suggests, the mint moth often uses mint as a food plant, though it can also be found on other species such as marjoram. In north-west Europe it can be seen from April until the end of September, and is capable of having two generations in each season.

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