Morley’s Final Catalogue: Local, and with us found mainly on the Breck; in spruce-cones. Santon Downham, Brandon (Wrn), Culford and near Thetford. Shrubland and Staverton, bred in 1932-4 (Whit.).
Recent Status: Rare as a breeding species but also arrives as an immigrant.
Life Style: A single brooded species that flies by day and night and comes to light during April and May. The larvae feed on the seeds of Picea abies and P. omorika. The larvae overwinter in the cone where they pupate in the spring.
Identification: This is one of our smallest of Cydia species. The forewings are dark fuscous. The terminal third and to a lesser extent central third have scales tipped with ochre. There are 8 or more white or cream strigulae on the costa that subtend plumbeous striae towards the dorsum. The first two form a prominent double fascia reaching the dorsum and angled centrally. This character distinguishes this species from the otherwise similar C. conicolana. The third and fourth are obliquely angled towards the fifth which skirts the ocellar area before reaching the dorsum. The ocellar area is not distinctly different and may show small black spots. The dark hindwings have prominent white cilia. More Info
Recorded in 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1932. Last Recorded in 2019. Additional Stats