Argyresthia cupressella

    Alt Name
    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).

    20.007 BF409b

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