Cherry Fruit Moth - Argyresthia pruniella


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

Identification difficulty

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).

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

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