Argyresthia spinosella

Alternative names
Blackthorn Argent

Wingspan 9-11 mm. One of several similar species.

Identification difficulty

Associated with Blackthorn.

When to see it

The adults fly during June and July and are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed internally in the flowering shoots of Blackthorn.

UK Status

It is distributed widely throughout much of the British Isles except for the north of Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland but possibly under recorded due to difficulties of identification. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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