Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Very rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Oct.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Pine.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2010201220102005
Year last recorded2013201220102013
Number of records4117
Number of individuals40113
Unique positions3111
Unique locations3111
Adult records4117
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 13 records from 6 sites. First recorded in 2005.


62.025 Dioryctria sylvestrella 06
© Terry Box, 21 Jul 2018
62.025 Dioryctria sylvestrella 05
© Andy Nunn
62.025 Dioryctria sylvestrella 04
© Damian Money
62.025 Dioryctria sylvestrella 03
© P Crowther, 09 Jul 2010
62.025 Dioryctria sylvestrella 02
© Charles Fletcher, 12 Sep 2007
62.025 Dioryctria sylvestrella 01
© Charles Fletcher, 24 Aug 2007

Species Account

Similar species: The four Dioryctria species in Britain, are difficult to tell apart. In particular, D. sylvestrella with similarly pine-feeding 1454 Dioryctria abietella and 1455 Dioryctria simplicella.

Argus 52, 2006: Although this moth was first taken in Britain in 1995 and further examples occurred on the south coast in 1999 they were not identified until 2001. A resident population was located in East Anglia from 2002. Although first seen in Yorkshire in 2005 it was not until further moths occurred in 2006 that the species was recognised. This is by some way the most northerly British locality.
VC64. Ellington Banks MoD, 14.9.2005 conf. HEB (CHF, JCW), four 26.8.2006 (CHF, JCW, SPW). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 60, 2010:
VC61. Kilnsea, 9.7.2010 (PAC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC63. Burnt Wood, Treeton, 1.9.2010 (HEB, RFB) NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): First recognised in Britain in 2001 although earlier moths dating back to 1995 were subsequently recognised. Resident populations were discovered in East Anglia from 2002. It was first found in Yorkshire at Ellington Banks MoD (VC64) in 2005 with further moths at the same locality in 2006 indicating that it was resident. Further records were from Kilnsea (VC61) and Burnt Wood, Treeton (VC63) in 2010. This pine feeding moth is likely to become more widespread in the coming years.

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