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Our wild insect pollinators continue to decline because there is not enough suitable habitat. Britain has lost 97% of its flower-rich grassland since the 1940s. Only a tiny fraction of this has been recreated in farmland. We need to put wild flowers back into the countryside and make sure nectar plants are plentiful in our towns and cities. Insects pollinate our crops and help provide one third our food. Without them we… Read More

Propylea 14-punctata is entomophagous feeding on aphids, Aleyrodidae , Coccoidea, and on larvae and eggs of some beetles and butterflies. A female lays about 400 eggs. This is necessary as there is often a high mortality among the larvae. The beetles overwinter twice.

This moth is very similar to the related Pyrausta purpuralis, a slightly larger moth with a broad postmedian continuous band, usually divided into at least three yellow spots.

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