Argyresthia curvella

Alternative names
Brindled Argent

Wingspan 10 to12 mm.

Identification difficulty

Found in gardens and orchards.

When to see it

The adult flies at night in June and July and is attracted to light.

Life History

The larva feeds on the flowers of apple trees (Malus), and can be a pest where it is abundant.

UK Status

Widespread and locally frequent in areas of Britain where apple trees are found. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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

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