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Pammene giganteana
Early Oak Piercer Peyer.
Tortricidae: Olethreutinae
1227 / 49.362
Photo © Neil Sherman,  To pheromone. Purdis Farm, Ipswich. March 2021.

Similar Suffolk Species
Black-bordered Piercer
Pammene argyrana
Wingspan: 14-16mm.
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   oak-apple galls
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Rare and local everywhere in Britain. Hacheston CHkr); West Stow (Wrt); Brandon (Wrn). Not observed here since 1890 till taken on oak-trunk in Bentley Woods on 24 March 1934 (Mly, Trans, ii, p. clii) and bred thence in 1934-5 (Whit).

Recent Status: Rare in Suffolk, possibly under-recorded.

Life Style: The moth is single brooded flying during in March, April and May. They fly by day and come to light. The larvae feed as inquilines in ‘oak-apple’ galls, feeding on the spongy material. They pupate in a cocoon in a variety of locations.

Identification: This is one of the earliest of the Olethreutinae to appear in Spring. The moth has noticeably elongate forewings and white, dark bordered hindwings. The forewings are dark with a complex patterning. The dorsal blotch is obscure but marked by the basal edge. The timing and appearance make confusion species unlikely.

Recorded in 10 (17%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/04/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
26/04/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
24/04/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
20/04/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
19/04/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
Further info: Pammene giganteana
 
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