Argyresthia goedartella

Alternative names
Golden Argent

The typical form with white forewing crossed in the middle by a 'Y' shaped golden-brassy fascia is easily identified

Identification difficulty

Open woodland, heathland, gardens and freshwater margins

When to see it

Flying at night and on sunny afternoons from June to August

Life History

Larva mines young shoots and catkins of Silver and Downy Birch and Alder.

UK Status

Common throughout the British Isles, except Shetland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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