Argyresthia albistria

    Alt Name
    Purple Argent

    Wingspan 9-12 mm. A plainer and less metallic-looking species than many others of the genus, this moth has a chestnut-brown forewing, usually with a creamy-white stripe from the head to about a third the length of the wing.

    Identification difficulty

    Various habitats, especially areas where Blackthorn is present.

    When to see it

    It flies at night in July and August and is attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Blackthorn overwintering and feeding in the spring.

    UK Status

    Reasonably frequent, especially in the southern half of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

    20.023 BF422

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map