Pete's Walks - Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata)

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Photo taken on 31/07/10 at Kensworth, Beds.

 

Photo taken on 31/07/10 at Kensworth, Beds.

 

A tiny and increasingly common moth that flies both by day and night. It mainly lives in meadows and gardens, being especially attracted to mint, thyme and marjoram.  It's vernacular name doesn't seem to be fully accepted yet, so I've given the correct scientific name as well.