Shiny-head Standing Moths

A family of micro-moths of which about 26 species can be found in the Netherlands are the Shiny-head Standing Moths (Argyresthiidae). The entire family consists of about 45 species. All species are small with a forewing measuring approximately 3.5 – 6.5 mm. In the resting position, the wings are folded tightly against the body. Almost all species are, when in resting position, with the head close to the ground and the body slightly sloping up. The forewings are often glossy or bronze in color with faintly colored markings. The head has a rough tuft of hair and the antennas are thread-like, 60 – 80% of the length of the forewings.


Genus: Argyresthia

Gold-ribbon Argent – 2019 (NL)
(NCBI-index: 1.178059)

On a summer evening after work, I just went into a nature reserve and then find the first Shiny-head Standing Moth. The honor was for the Gold-ribbon Argent (Argyresthia brockeella). This striking appearance has a shiny dark gold-colored forewing with wide white markings from the costa and dorsum. Sometimes this creates a white cross band. The size of the white spots varies greatly. The flying period is from May to August in one generation and the wingspan is 9-12mm. Host plant: Birch. Dutch name: Sierlijke pedaalmot. Frisian name:


Genus: Argyresthia

Triple-barred Argent – 2021 (NL)
(NCBI-index: 1.869483)

The Triple-barred Argent (Argyresthia trifasciata) is a very small moth and it is noticeable when flying slowly against a dark background. The head is white and the thorax is golden. On the forewing, three narrow white cross bands can be seen on the gold-colored forewing. The flight period is in one generation from May to June and the wingspan is 7-10mm. Host plant: Juniper, Cypress, and Cedar. Dutch name: Cipresmineermot. Frisian name: