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Argyresthia glabratella
Spruce Argent

(Zeller, 1847)403 / 20.002

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Discovered to south of Thetford in 1932 (Whittingham).

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying in summer and comes to light. The larvae bore into the terminal shoots of Picea abies. Pupation takes place in the shoot..

Identification: Argyresthia glabratella and A. laevigatella are very similar in appearance. Both have unicolorous shining grey wings. A. laevigatella is slightly larger (9 to 13 mm wingspan) and slightly darker. A. glabratella is 8 to 11 mm wingspan. Both may be ochreous grey A. glabratella has a bright orange head in laevigatella it is a brownish orange. More Info
Genitalia dissection is required yo confirm identification. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1932.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/06/2020125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
13/06/2020125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
02/06/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
11/06/2014125TM14 - Ipswich
25/05/2014125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Wingspan: 8-11mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Norway Spruce
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
 Immature Adult
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