Argyresthia spinosella

    Alt Name
    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)

    20.018 BF417

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map