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.
|Year first recorded||2010||2012||2010||2005|
|Year last recorded||2013||2012||2010||2013|
|Number of records||4||1||1||7|
|Number of individuals||4||0||1||13|
For the county, we have a total of 13 records from 6 sites. First recorded in 2005.
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.