Mint Moth

Pyrausta aurata

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Identification Tip

Very similar to the Common Purple and Gold moth, Pyrausta purpuralis, which is more common in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Mint Moth is distinguishable by the large gold spots on its wings.

What do they eat?

Caterpillars munch on:

  • Mints
  • Cat Mint
  • Calamint
  • Thyme
  • Salvia

Where does it spend the winter?

Caterpillars fill-up on food in the autumn before finding an area of leaf litter to nestle into over winter. Once settled, they’ll spin themselves a silk cocoon. They’ll stay in this until the following spring, before changing into a chrysalis and emerging as a moth shortly afterwards in April.

Ideas to help Mint Moth in your Wild Space



Flying Season

March - September

Life Cycle


March, April, May, June, July, August, September


March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October


January, February, March, April, June, July, September, October, November, December


January, February, March, September, October, November, December

UK Distribution

  • England
  • Wales

Want to learn


There is even more about this species on the main Butterfly Conservation website

Fun Facts
about the Mint Moth

These tiny, day-flying moths are very common in herb gardens and are easily spotted perching on their favourite food plants.