The Moths of Suffolk
412 Argyresthia pygmaeella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Fens, scrub and other places where the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : sallow or willow (Salix)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A common kind on sallow. Bentley Woods in June 1904; Aldeburgh in 1892 (Ctw); common in Southwold salt-marshes in July 1908 and at light beside Fritton Lake in August 1934, Blythburgh Wood (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultArgyresthia ivella
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia goedartella

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Oulton Marshes, Suffolk (6.vii.2012) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Oulton Marshes, Suffolk (6.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman