Morley’s Final Catalogue: This interesting species, first noted at Folkestone in 1911 by Purdey and at Holkham in 1912 by Whittingham, is annually common on Austrian pines in Waldringfield rectory (Wir) and the Bishop's Ipswich (Whit) gardens, See. Abundant in pines on Bawdsey cliff in 1935 and several beaten at Mildenhall in early August 1931 (Mly).
Recent Status: Frequently recorded where pine grow.
Life Style: A single brooded species that comes to light from June to September. The larvae feed initially by mining down a Pinus needle. They hibernate in the mine. They then feed externally on the base of new growth needles causing them to fall. They pupate in a cocoon among the needles.
Identification: The moth has a grey brown head. The forewing is grey brown with darker transverse striae. The terminal third is orange brown, the central third is usually orange brown to some extent especially dorsally. More Info
Recorded in 21 (36%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1931. Last Recorded in 2019. Additional Stats