Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Aug.
Foodplant: Scots Pine, Corsican Pine, Norway Spruce
|Year first recorded||1888||2007||1983||1888|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||921||1||243||2330|
|Number of individuals||1394||1||675||4140|
For the region, we have a total of 2330 records from 318 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1888.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to southern and eastern England, the larva feeding on scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). In Dorset, the moth is common in sandy areas where self-sown and block-planted scots pine grow. Dispersed singletons are occasionally recorded at light traps well away from conifer habitat, for example there are a number of records from Portland. The species has a protracted flight period with the adults still very much in evidence during July and August; this is a much longer duration than the national May and June norm. This suggests either a protracted emergence period or a bivoltine cycle. The peak of the theoretical second brood in late July is on average, six times as large as that of the peak in late May. A second 'Pine Hawk' species, Hyloicus maurorum, a resident of pine forest across southern France and Iberia, is currently spreading northwards into northern France, and may well appear on our shores over the next few years. Unfortunately, externally it is not easily differentiated from our Pine Hawk, other than to say that it is less contrasted in all features, the colouration often being lighter. It would certainly be worth retaining light-coloured poorly-marked specimens trapped along the coastal belt during immigration events.