Morley’s Final Catalogue: Quite certainly occurs in Suffolk; in bark of Scots-firs. Taken just beyond Yarmouth, at West Caister on 6 June 1931 (Mly). Confirmed by Whittingham, who bred it from Sutton Heath, 1935.
Recent Status: Rare and local to the lighter land areas of Suffolk.
Life Style: A double brooded species flying from May to August. It flies by day and at dusk and comes to light. The larvae feed on Pinus, Picea and Pseudotsuga. They hibernate and pupate in the larval habitation.
Identification: A small Cydia species. The moth has dark greyish brown forewings with the scales tipped with silvery or pale golden white resulting in a peppered effect. This is less strong towards the base and stronger at the edges of fascia. There are four paired white strigulae on the costa. The first subtends a silvery fascia to the costa that is bent at 90 degrees mid wing before becoming strongly white edges as it reaches the dorsum. The second subtends a silvery fascia, skirting the ocellus to reach the tornus. There is sometimes a small white strigula between the third and fourth where there is a short silvery fascia. The fascia from the fourth spot skirts the apex and is white on the termen. The ocellus is well marked with black and silvery marked beyond. The larvae feed on sap-wood beneath the bark exuding a reddish brown frass. More Info
Recorded in 9 (16%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1935. Last Recorded in 2019. Additional Stats