Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Mar-May.
Foodplant: Scots Pine, Corsican Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Larch
|Year first recorded||1959||1973||1959|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||494||169||1326|
|Number of individuals||978||448||2852|
For the region, we have a total of 1326 records from 234 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring throughout Britain, the larva feeding on scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) and maritime pine (Pinus pinaster). In Dorset, the moth is frequent where scots pine has been block-planted, particularly on sandy soil, and to a lesser extent on chalky soil where the forestry commission and private estates harvest the conifer trees commercially. Stands of self-sown maritime pine on heaths and sandy cliffs in the Poole Basin provide an additional food source for the moth. The time of the moth's emergence is dictated by how advanced the season is, with individuals seen as early as February or as late as June. The following example was either a delayed emergence or a second brood individual: Higher Hyde, at MV light on 15 July 2002 (P Davey). These moths were likely to have dispersed from the Poole Basin; a north-easterly airflow was established at the time: Portland, at MV on 15 and 16 May 1998 (M Cade).