Arge nigripes - Black Rose Fusehorn
Arge nigripes appears widespread in England and Wales, with two records from northern Scotland. The species has a curved vein 3rm in the fore wing and a fore wing that is scarcely clearer at the apex than at the base, whereas in Arge enodis vein 3rm is straight and the fore wing is noticeably darker at the base than the apex.
Larvae feed on roses.
Size: 7 - 9mm
IUCN Status: Least Concern
GB Rarity Status: None
Distribution: England, Scotland, Wales
Flight period: April to July
Plant associations: Rosa spp. Roses (Benson, 1952).
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