Argyresthia retinella

Alternative names
Netted Argent

Wingspan 9 to 10 mm. This is a white moth with subtle sooty marking.

Identification difficulty

Anywhere that Birch is frequent.

When to see it

The adults are generally on the wing in June and July, when they can be attracted to light as well as encountered during the day.

Life History

The foodplant is Birch, the larva feeding internally in young shoots or catkins.

UK Status

A relatively common species throughout the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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

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