Argyresthia cupressella

Alternative names
Cypress Tip Moth

Wingspan 8 to 9 mm. Avery small moth with a patterning of mottled oranges and white.

Identification difficulty

Around Cypress and Juniper.

When to see it

In Britain the adults are on the wing in June and July.

Life History

The larvae feed on Cypress and Juniper, feeding internally on the leaves and young shoots. In spring affected shoots turn brown and are quite noticeable.

UK Status

Originating from North America, this adventive species has evidently been introduced with its foodplants, and was first found in the British Isles in Suffolk in 1997. Like several other micro lepidoptera feeding on ornamental conifers, it is expanding its range quite dramatically. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

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

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