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20.023 ~ 0422 ~ Argyresthia albistria ~ Purple Argent
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and very common throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from a few sites in the noth of the county, probably much more common than the records suggest.

Wingspan :   M & F, 9-11mm.

Confusion species

Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Wherever the foodplant is found.



Lifestage data

Shoot miner. Eggs laid under a flake of bark or behind an old bud. Larva overwinters in a spinning, then mines in a flowering shoot in the spring. Pupates in a fragile cocoon on the ground.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 10th July 2010, Llanfyllin