Lepidoptera The Mother-of-pearl Moth – Botys Ruralis
This is another very common species of the family Botyda, abundant almost everywhere, and to be found on the wing from June to August.
Its wings are whitish, and exhibit a very decided pearly lustre, and all the markings are of a dull dark grey.
The caterpillar is glossy, and has a semi-transparent appearance. It is greenish white above, with a darker line down the back; and the sides are of a brighter green. It feeds on the stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) during May.