Small Argent & Sable

  • Small Argent & Sable
    Small Argent & Sable
  • Small Argent & Sable
    Small Argent & Sable
  • Small Argent & Sable
    Small Argent & Sable
  • Small Argent & Sable
    Small Argent & Sable

Scientific name: Epirrhoe tristata

May - August. Britain and Ireland. Small white and dark brown patterned moth with chequered fringes. Found on moorland, upland limestone grassland, upland woodland, heaths and mosses.

Although the markings can be variable, the distinctively chequered borders to the wings help to distinguish this moth from similar sized species. Some examples are superficially similar to the Argent & Sable, although that species is generally larger with a broken central dark band.

Flies by day in sunshine and at dusk.

Size and Family

  • Family – Carpets and Allies (Larentiines)
  • Small Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Heath Bedstraw.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Well distributed in the uplands of Wales, parts of northern England, Scotland and the Inner Hebrides. Also found in parts of the Midlands and the south-west. Occurs in widely scattered localities in Ireland. Sometimes seen in hundreds.

Habitat

Associated with mountain moorland, high limestone grassland, upland woodland and hedgerows, and sometimes also on lowland heaths and mosses.

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