The Moths of Suffolk
1737 Small Argent and Sable, Epirrhoe tristata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Upland habitats in the main with moorland, limestone grassland, woodland and hedgerows. In the lowlands it occurs on heaths and mosses

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to early July

Larval foodplants : Heath Bedstraw

Morley's Final Catalogue : Fully as local with us as throughout south England, and in need of confirmation. "Recorded in Stainton's Manual, and in more than one list: Stowmarket (C); Bentley (Garrett). Yet I believe these are errors."-Bloomfield, Lep. Suff. 1890, p. 56.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-13mm, Wingspan 24-26mm


Confusion species
    AdultCommon Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata
Argent and Sable, Rheumaptera hastata

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Scotland (vi.2004) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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High lodge, Abernethy forest, Inverness-shire (vi.2009) © Neil Sherman
Inverness-shire (vi.2009) © Lee Gregory