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Patania ruralis (Scopoli, 1763) Species

Last modified: Aug. 5, 2022, 1:26 p.m.

A very common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Spilomelinae > Tribus: Agroterini > Genus: Patania > Species: Patania ruralis
Vernacular names
Parelmoermot (NL), Mother of Pearl (EN), la Pyrale campagnarde (FR), Blasser Nesselzünsler (DE)
Patania verticalis sensu auct., nec (Linnaeus, 1758)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 19 (as verticalis). view page




Wingspan: 26–40 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The adults are active at dusk and later come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid June till the end of September, in favourable conditions sometimes till early November. One specimen was caught as early as 13 May.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Urtica dioica

The larvae live mainly on Urtica dioica, but also on: Chenopodium, Atriplex, Filipendula ulmaria or Humulus, in a leaf rolled round the midrib. They hibernate. Pupation in a rolled leaf.

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