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20.017 (BF416)

Oak-bark Argent   

Argyresthia glaucinella
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Larvae are found in bark and exude red frass.  Adults emerge in the morning and can be found low down on tree-trunks until about 11 am.

Life cycle

Larvae present March-April, adults June-July.

Larval foodplants

Oak species, Horse-chestnut or occasionally Birch species.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, on 13th June 1981, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found at Hannaston Wood SSSI on 21st June 1996 during a Scottish Entomologists’ gathering.

4 record(s) from 4 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2005 1981
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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