The Moths of Suffolk
415 Argyresthia retinella, Zeller, 1839

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, in the Sandlings and Brecks

Habitats : Woodland, fens, scrub and other places where the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : birch (Betula)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequent on birch and, perhaps, other trees. Copdock (Hkg) always abundant on birch in Bentley Woods (Pyett, Whit); Sutton Heath (Whit.); Aldeburgh (Ctw); sitting on lime-leaf in Monks Soham garden in 1910 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-10mm


Confusion species
    AdultArgyresthia sorbiella
Argyresthia curvella
Argyresthia glaucinella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman