Nettle borer

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Nettle borer
Common nettle borer (Pleuroptya ruralis)

Common nettle borer ( Pleuroptya ruralis )

Class : Insects (Insecta)
Order : Butterflies (Lepidoptera)
Family : Crambidae
Subfamily : Spilomelinae
Genre : Pleuroptya
Type : Nettle borer
Scientific name
Pleuroptya ruralis
( Scopoli , 1763)

The PATANIA RURALIS ( Pleuroptya ruralis ) is a butterfly from the family of Crambidae .

Way of life

The oligophageous caterpillars feed mainly in the rolled up leaves of the great nettle ( Urtica dioica ). The caterpillars are also found less frequently on hops ( Humulus ), goosefoot ( Chenopodium ), logs ( Atriplex ) and sparrows ( Spiraea ).

Flight and caterpillar times

The nettle borer makes two generations a year, flying from May to June, and then again from July to September. The caterpillars can be found in June and then again from August. The caterpillar overwinters.



  • Karl Eckstein: The butterflies of Germany 5th volume, The small butterflies of Germany. KG Lutz Verlag, Stuttgart 1933.
  • Helgard Reichholf-Riehm: Butterflies . 287 pp., Orbis Verlag, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-572-01084-5
  • František Slamka: The common moth (Pyraloidea) of Central Europe: determination - distribution - flight area - way of life of the caterpillars . 2nd partially revised edition 112 pp., Bratislava 1997 ISBN 80-967540-2-5
  • Thomas Kaltenbach, Peter Victor Küppers: Small butterflies. Verlag J. Neudamm-Neudamm, Melsungen 1987, ISBN 3-788-80510-2

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