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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid Jun-mid Aug.

Forewing: 7-8mm.

Foodplant: Larches, Sitka Spruce.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1906188320072006
Year last recorded2014201420142014
Number of records141968
Number of individuals5718610
Unique positions91354
Unique locations81354
Adult records141968
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 47 records from 30 sites. First recorded in 1883.


49.225 Spilonota laricana 01
© Ian Marshall, 6 July 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recently restored to specific rank it has long been regarded as a form of S. ocellana (Denis & Schiffermuller) and has probably been under-recorded in consequence. The situation is further complicated in that larvae feeding in spinnings in larch needles have produced moths which are indistinguishable from S. ocellana (HEB). There is no guarantee that moths reared from larch are S. laricana, if indeed it is a distinct species.

Argus 52, 2006:
VC65. Thorpe Perrow arboretum, three 16.7.2006 (CHF, JCW, D&DB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.


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