35.064 Argolamprotes micella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status and Distribution

First recorded in Devon in 1963, it has since expanded its range becoming locally common over much of south-west England. Between 1987 and the mid-1990s the moth continued its spread east as far as Hampshire and north across the Bristol Channel to coastal parts of south Wales. Since then it has turned up in East Sussex, Gloucestershire, Kent, Pembrokeshire and Wiltshire.

National Status: 

Nationally Scarce B

Bradley & Fletcher no: 

734
Photo courtesy of UK Moths.
Photographer: Phil Boggis
Location: King's Wood, nr St Austell, Cornwall, July

Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by February 2018.

    Imago

    Larva

    Argolamprotes micella larva (Photo: R J Heckford)

    Set Specimens

    Argolamprotes micella bred Rubus idaeus, Billacombe, Plymstick, Devon 1997 (Photo: B Heckford)

    Dissection Group

    Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

     micella feeding signs RJH  ) Argolamprotes micella larval feeding on Rubus sp. March 2017 (Photo: S. Beavan  Argolamprotes micella larval feeding on Rubus sp. march 2017 (Photo: S. Beavan)

    Rubus idaeus (raspberry), see plant distribution map, and Rubus fruticosus agg. (blackberry) - see Heckford 1998.

    In Europe also found on Rubus caesius (dewberry).

    Larva skeletonises leaflets and deposits small ammounts of dark frass on the tip of a now bleached shoot.  After leaf browning, the affected leaflet may drop off leaving little outward sign of the larva's presence.

    Foodplant Map

    Habitat

    Hedgerows, open woodlands, gardens, shady tracks and coastal landslips.

    Finding the Moth

    Larva: Found in sunny positions on the edge of tracks between mid-March and early May.  Pupation takes place during May and June. 

    Adult: Can be disturbed from around the foodplant, flies in the evening and at night and comes to light.

    Similar Species

    No other species has the purplish iridescence and silvery blue speckling.

    Larval Occurrence

    Larval Occurrence

    Flight Period

    Flight Period

    Single-brooded in mid June to the end of July.

    Earliest: 15th June 2007 (VC9).

    Latest: 30th July 2010 (VC2).