Pyrausta sanguinalis, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Pyrausta sanguinalis, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Pyrausta sanguinalis (Linnaeus, 1767)


Pyrausta sanguinalis is a moth of the family Crambidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Pyrausta sanguinalis (Linnaeus, 1767)

Phalaena sanguinalis (Linnaeus, 1767)

Common name

Scarce Crimson & Gold


Superfamily: Pyraloidea > Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Pyraustinae > Tribus: Pyraustini > Genus: Pyrausta


14-18 mm


The forewings are brownish ochreous colored and the basal and dorsal areas are deep yellow mixed. There are purple-crimson markings and an oblong discal spot, connected above with a costal streak.

The hindwings are light grey-colored, darker terminally in males and grey in females.


Road sides, gardens, dry hill slopes, and phrygana.

Food plant
The larva is oligophagous on Labiatae (Rosmarinus officinalis, Salvia officinalis, Satureja thymbra, Thymus).
Flight period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Lepiforum e. V.

Lepidoptera Mundi

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa

Plant Parasites of Europe