Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Probably three generations, May-Nov.
Foodplant: Scots Pine, Corsican Pine.
|Year first recorded||1905||1975||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||1226||124||2700|
|Number of individuals||1970||504||4948|
For the region, we have a total of 2700 records from 348 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Similar species: 1768 Thera obeliscata (Grey Pine Carpet).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: An occasionally local species in Britain, the larva feeding on scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). In Dorset, the moth is common wherever lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) and scots pine has been block-planted. Adult moths have been observed in every month between May and December; although the species is reputed to be univoltine in the UK between July and November, three broods are suggested from the records. The peak of the October generation is, on average, nearly twice as large as the July peak. The length of time between the peaks of a given cycle is roughly eighty-five days.