Argyresthia dilectella

    Alt Name
    Juniper Argent

    Wingspan 7 to 9 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    Gardens and parks where either Juniper or Cypress Fir is present.

    When to see it

    It flies at night in July and August, and can be attracted to strong light.

    Life History

    Larval foodplants are Juniper and Cypress Fir.

    UK Status

    It is widely distributed in England and Wales, becoming scarcer in Scotland and Ireland. This is one of several related species which are probably becoming more widespread as a result of the increase in garden juniper and cypress firs. In the Butterfly Conservation’'s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    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), although its numbers may be increasing.

    20.006 BF407

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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