Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, mid Aug-early Nov.
Foodplant: Coniferous trees, Pine, Spruce, Cypress.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1970||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2309||2||301||5224|
|Number of individuals||9357||2||1333||21384|
For the region, we have a total of 5224 records from 438 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Similar species: 1767 Thera firmata (Pine Carpet).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), spruce (Picea spp.) and fir (Abies spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common to abundant in conifer plantation. The moth is bivoltine with two double-brood cycles suspected in May and September, and again in late June and October. The length of time between the peaks of a given cycle is roughly one hundred and eighteen days. The peak of the autumn generations is, on average, six times larger than that emerging during the spring.