Argyresthia trifasciata

Alternative names
Triple-barred Argent

Tiny (6-8 mm wingspan) but quite distinctive with three white hoops around a golden background. It also has a white head.

Identification difficulty

Found in areas where the larval food plants grow.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History

Larva mines leaves and shoots of Juniper, Leyland Cypress, Lawson's Cypress and other cultivated conifers.

UK Status

Not discovered in Britain until 1982 when one was caught in London. Recently the number of records has increased. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Becoming fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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