Argyresthia arceuthina
Argyresthia arceuthina
Adult • Ripon, N.Yorks • © Charles Fletcher

20.004 BF405

Argyresthia arceuthina

Zeller, 1839

Wingspan 8-9 mm.

Although quite plain in appearance, the distinct whitish head and thorax, contrasting with the shining golden colour of the forewing make this species fairly distinctive.

It is one of the earliest of the group to be on the wing, flying between April and June, sometimes during the day, though it is attracted to light at night.

The larvae feed on juniper (Juniperus), mining in the shoots causing them to wither and die.
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