Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Sep.
Foodplant: Scots Pine.
|Year first recorded||1868||1994||1868|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||158||34||384|
|Number of individuals||214||34||496|
For the region, we have a total of 384 records from 132 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1868.
Similar species: The four Dioryctria species in Britain, are difficult to tell apart. In particular, D. abietella with similarly pine-feeding 1454b Dioryctria sylvestrella and 1455 Dioryctria simplicella.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout Britain, the larva feeding in a cone of monterey pine (Pinus radiata) or douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), or on a shoot of pine (Pinus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is resident locally among scots pine and probably other pines (Pinus spp.) in the Poole Basin, and also among Norway spruce at Melbury Park and Chedington Wood; in the latter site it is abundant. Records from Piddles Wood and Puddletown suggests that larch (Larix spp.) may be a further food-source. The moth has been recorded well away from pine habitat on more than sixty occasions in the past twenty years; the wind rose indicates the direction of the airflows to the county on these dates. The bias towards an easterly quarter suggests north European sources for many of these moths where incidentally, it is regarded as a pest species. Moreover, the partial bivoltine pattern evident from the Dorset data shows examples appearing as early as May and these are likely to be immigrants; transitory colonies may be spawned from these early immigrations.