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Argyresthia semitestacella
Large Beech Argent
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Argyresthia albistria
Purple Argent

(Haworth, 1828)422 / 20.023

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Another frequent blackthorn-feeder. Copdock, Bentley Woods, Orford, Monks Soham garden, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Southwold, Lowestoft and palings at Gorleston.

Recent Status: Uncommon across Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded summer flying species that comes to light. The larvae feed in the buds or flowers of Prunus spinosa.

Identification: A small Argyresthia with orange brown to dark brown forewings sometimes with a purple sheen. A clear white streak from the head to near one half on the dorsum followed by a slightly darker brown dorsal patch and indistinct cream/orange brown beyond to the tornus. Costal marks are indistinct. A unicolorous form exists. Similar species A. semitestacella is much larger.

Recorded in 18 (31%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1990.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
03/09/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
25/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
19/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
14/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
08/09/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: 9-11mm
Flight: June - Sept.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2021. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021
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