Argyresthia albistria

Phylum: Arthropoda - Class: Insecta - Order: Lepidoptera - Family: Yponomeutidae

Argyresthia albistria

More common in the southern half of the UK and localised in Scotland, this moth is also found throughout Europe.

Argyresthia albistria is a small moth with buff-coloured rather metallic-looking wings, and it has a pronounced white stripe running from its head to around two thirds of its body length.

The wingspan of Argyresthia albistria is around 9 to 12 mm.

The adult moths are nocturnal and on the wing between July and August


Found throughout the England and Wales but is very localised in Scotland.


The eggs are laid on the leaves of Blackthorn and the larvae feed on them, continue to live on them through the winter and then feed again on the leaves before pupating..

Picture: Rob Petley-Jones

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