Argyresthia semifusca

    Alt Name
    Brown Rowan Argent

    Wingspan c.12 mm. The adults of this species often show a slight purplish tinge to the brown colour of the forewing.

    Identification difficulty

    Well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    Adult moths fly from June into late August/early September.

    Life History

    The larvae feed either on Hawthorn or Rowan in a young shoot during early summer.

    UK Status

    Distributed across most of the British Isles with most records coming from the southern half of Britain. Itmay be under recorded due to its diminutive size. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland but may be under recorded here. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

    20.020 BF419

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map