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20.013 (BF412)

Sallow Argent   

Argyresthia pygmaeella
Adult: 1
Resident. Local.

Life cycle

Larvae present ?September-May, at first in a leaf bud, in which it overwinters, then in the resulting young shoot.  Adults May-October.

Larval foodplants

Willow species, especially Goat Willow and Grey Willows.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Minnigaff, Kirkcudbrightshire, sometime during 1967 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at Barony College, Parkgate, Dumfriesshire, on 9th July 1982 during a Scottish Entomologists’ gathering, with the Wigtownshire first being found at Elrig Loch, near Mochrum, on 28th June 1988 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton.

7 record(s) from 6 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 1967 2018

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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