Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Sep-Nov.
Foodplant: Norway Spruce, Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock
|Year first recorded||1964||1964||1950||1979||1977|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2015||2014|
|Number of records||594||883||423||1053||410|
|Number of individuals||695||2072||516||2266||875|
For the county, we have a total of 3363 records from 368 sites. First recorded in 1950.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Although not previously included in a Yorkshire list; W. Reid was recording this species from Whirlow, Sheffield (VC63) regular T. obeliscata (Hubner), so we cannot be sure of these early records. Recently there have been several more records which are probably reliable but none so far have been critically examined so there is still an element of doubt. The species occurs in Durham and an old (1900-50) record is shown for Upper Teesdale (Dunn & Parrack, 1986).
Current status (CHF, 2011): From a few scattered localities in the 1980s and 90s, this moth is now widespread across the county and is now commoner than the rather similar Grey Pine Carpet.