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.

The Mother-of-Pearl Moths Fig. 212.-The Mother-of-Pearl.

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.