Cherry Fruit Moth - Argyresthia pruniella

    Description

    Wingspan 10 to 13 mm. A small brown and white species that is similar to many others in the genus.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Cherry orchards and around cherry trees. If you look closely at a cherry tree on a calm evening in July, you may find a number of these moths flitting around and resting distinctively 'nose-down' on the leaves.

    When to see it

    Late June and July.

    Life History

    The larvae feed internally in the cherries themselves. For this reason it can be a nuisance in orchards.

    UK Status

    It is widespread and common throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

    Reference
    20.021 BF420

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map