Apple Fruit Moth - Argyresthia conjugella


Wingspan 10-14 mm. One of the larger and more distinctive Argyresthia species, though it can be rather variable. There is a unicolorous brown form (F. aerariella) which can be rather confusing.

Identification difficulty

They can be found by day  flying around the foodplants or resting on nearby vegetation.

When to see it

The adult moths can be found on the wing between May and July and at night are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on Rowan and Apple, boring into the berries or fruit and eating from within.

UK Status

The species is widely distributed and generally common throughout the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional or poorly recrded in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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

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