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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 4mm.

Foodplant: Cypress and Juniper spp..

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2013200620062013
Year last recorded2014201420142014
Number of records372438
Number of individuals31446610
Unique positions2781
Unique locations2771
Adult records372428
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 126 records from 17 sites. First recorded in 2006.


0409b Argyresthia cupressella 02
© Damian Money
0409b Argyresthia cupressella 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Argus 52, 2006: This native of North America was first recorded in England (and also for the first time in Europe) in 1997. It shares the same foodplants as A. trifasciata and has since spread in the same manner.
VC63. Pontefract, six 11-30.6.2006 (JWC); Idle, 3.7.2006 (DP). NEW COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. Tadcaster, 16.6.2006 (DBk). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): Undoubtedly introduced with imported conifers it has since spread steadily...... At present it seems to occur quite commonly in a few localities but has the capacity to spread more widely in the future.

Argus 69, 2013: Has been recorded as locally common in vice-counties 63 & 64 in recent years, the following records are evidence of continuing range expansion.
VC62. Skelton, 18.7.2013 (DM). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 2-25.7.2013 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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