The Moths of Suffolk
417 Argyresthia spinosella, Stainton, 1849

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, predominantly in the south and east

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-July, occasional records in August

Larval foodplants : Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A general blackthorn-feeder. Cutlers Wood in Freston and Barham oak-wood in 1904 (Morley); Hemley in 1930 (Whit), Bungay (Mn), probably at light.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-11mm


Confusion species
    AdultArgyresthia glaucinella
Argyresthia conjugella, Apple Fruit Moth
Argyresthia semifusca
Argyresthia pruniella, Cherry Fruit Moth
Argyresthia bonnetella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
3 100 9 6

Life history chart
ova ova larva larvapupa pupa imago imago ova ova ova ova ova

Further Photographs

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Barnham, Suffolk (25.v.2010) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (21.v.2016) © Paul Kitchener