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.
They can be found by day flying around the foodplants or resting on nearby vegetation.
The adult moths can be found on the wing between May and July and at night are attracted to light.
The larvae feed on Rowan and Apple, boring into the berries or fruit and eating from within.
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.
Occasional or poorly recrded in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)
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