Argyresthia albistria

Alternative names
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)

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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