Argyresthia trifasciata

    Alt Name
    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)

    20.005 BF409a

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map