Argyresthia semitestacella

    Alt Name
    Large Beech Argent
    Description

    Wingspan 11 to 14mm. One of the larger of the Argyresthia species. It has a relatively plain golden brown forewing with a whitish dorsal streak extending for much of the forewing length.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    In areas where the larval foodplant, Beech is found.

    When to see it

    It is quite a late flyer, being on the wing in August and September.

    Life History

    The larva feeds on the shoots of beech (Fagus), and can be found in May and June.

    UK Status

    This species is distributed fairly widely but locally over much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    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).

    Reference
    20.024 BF423

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map