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Pleuroptya ruralis (Mother of Pearl Moth)

Wikipedia Abstract

Patania ruralis, the mother of pearl moth, is a species of moth of the family Crambidae. It was described by Scopoli in 1763. It is found in Europe. The species is notable for its rolling locomotion. The wingspan is 26–40 mm. The moth flies from June to September depending on the location. The larvae feed on stinging nettle. Scientists used the rolling behavior of the caterpillar as a model to create next-generation robots that roll .
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Cors Fochno 1613 Wales, United Kingdom
Fenland 1529 England, United Kingdom
Fenn`s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses 2346 England/Wales, United Kingdom  
Gower Commons/ Tiroedd Comin Gwyr 4390 Wales, United Kingdom
Kenfig/ Cynffig 2945 Wales, United Kingdom
Limestone Coast of South West Wales/ Arfordir Calchfaen de Orllewin Cymru 3940 Wales, United Kingdom  
Morecambe Bay 151985 England, United Kingdom
River Moriston 481 Scotland, United Kingdom
Sefton Coast 11278 England, United Kingdom
Solway Firth 107829 England/Scotland, United Kingdom
South Solway Mosses 4849 England, United Kingdom
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
The Stiperstones and The Hollies 1486 England, United Kingdom  
Y Fenai a Bae Conwy/ Menai Strait and Conwy Bay 65440 Wales, United Kingdom  


Prey / Diet

Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet)[1]
Glycine max (soybean)[2]
Humulus lupulus (common hops)[1]
Urtica dioica (California nettle)[3]
Zea mays (corn)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Abrostola triplasia (Dark Spectacle)2
Acanthis flammea (Common Redpoll)2
Acronicta rumicis (Knot Grass)2
Aglais urticae (Small Tortoiseshell)2
Arctia caja (garden tiger moth)2
Autographa gamma (Silver Y Moth)2
Axylia putris (Flame)2
Biston betularia (peppered moth)2
Calliteara pudibunda (Pale Tussock)2
Caradrina morpheus (Mottled Rustic)2
Cercopis vulnerata (Black & Red Froghopper)2
Clepsis spectrana (Cyclamen Tortrix)2
Eupithecia satyrata (Satyr Pug Moth)2
Gortyna flavago3
Hepialus humuli (Ghost Moth)2
Hydraecia micacea (potato stem worm)2
Lacanobia contigua (Beautiful Brocade)2
Lacanobia oleracea (Bright-line Brown-Eye Moth)2
Lygus rugulipennis2
Melanchra persicariae (Dot Moth)2
Naenia typica (Gothic)2
Orthosia gothica (Hebrew Character)3
Phlogophora meticulosa (Angle Shades Moth)2
Polygonia c-album (Comma Butterfly)2
Spilosoma lubricipeda (White Ermine Moth)2
Udea olivalis2
Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)2




Attributes / relations provided by
1Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Ecology of Commanster
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