Argyresthia glabratella

    Alt Name
    Spruce Argent
    Description

    Wingspan about 10 mm. One of two greyish, unicolourous Argyresthia species, this can be confused with A. laevigatella, although the present species is usually paler grey and slightly smaller, and the two use different foodplants, which be diagnostic, especially if adults are beaten from the foliage.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Areas with Norway Spruce.

    When to see it

    Adult moths are on the wing in May and June, and are attracted to light.

    Life History

    The larvae of this species feed on Norway Spruce (Picea abies), mining the shoots and causing them to become discoloured.

    UK Status

    Present in south and south-east England, with a somewhat more scattered distribution northwards into Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Sapcote record of 10th June 2016 is the first for VC55. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    20.002 BF403

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map