Life Style: A single brooded night flying species that can be found in woodland. The larvae mine the bark of Quercus and Aesculus exuding red frass. They pupate in the mine.
Identification: A small species of Argyresthia with grey purple tinged and heavily specked white forewings. There is a broad darker dorsal patch and clearer white each side of that. The top of the head and thorax is also white and there may be orange shading along the side of the head, thorax and wing base. More Info The moth is similar to the commoner and slightly larger A. spinosella. A. spinosella has a clear white dorsum from the base to the dorsal patch and white costal spots on the posterior half. It has strongly orange thoracic tegulae. If there is doubt in identification then genitalia dissection is required. More Info This species can be recorded from the larval habits.
Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2003. Last Recorded in 2020. Additional Stats