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Pleuroptya ruralis (Mother of Pearl Moth)


Wikipedia Abstract

Patania ruralis, the mother of pearl moth, is a species of moth of the family Crambidae. It was described by Scopoli in 1763. It is found in Europe. The species is notable for its rolling locomotion. The wingspan is 26–40 mm. The moth flies from June to September depending on the location. The larvae feed on stinging nettle. Scientists used the rolling behavior of the caterpillar as a model to create next-generation robots that roll .
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Prey / Diet

Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet)[1]
Glycine max (soybean)[2]
Humulus lupulus (common hops)[1]
Urtica dioica (California nettle)[3]
Zea mays (corn)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

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Rhinolophus euryale (Mediterranean horseshoe bat)[4]

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Ecology of Commanster
4Arrizabalaga-Escudero, Aitor et al. (2019), Data from: Trait-based functional dietary analysis provides a better insight into the foraging ecology of bats, v2, Dryad, Dataset,
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0