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20.018 ~ 0417 ~ Argyresthia spinosella ~ Blackthorn Argent
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and common in Britain as far north as the Caledonian Canal.

Montgomeryshire Status

Found at scattered sites throughout the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 9-11mm.

Confusion species

A. conjugella and A. semifusca.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Wherever the foodplant is found.



Lifestage data

Shoot miner. Eggs laid on the foodplant. Larva feed inside flowering shoots. Pupates in a fragile cocoon on the ground.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 5th June 2010, Llanfyllin