Cydia cosmophorana

Alternative names
Obscure Silver-striped Piercer

Wingspan 8 to14 mm. The adults are quite small and they resemble C. coniferana and C. conicolana, both of which are found in similar habitat, but tend to show more distinct white markings than those species.

Identification difficulty

Coniferous woodland.

When to see it

They fly during the day in sunshine through May and June, and sometimes again in August as a small second brood.

Life History

The larva feed on Scots Pine in galls and resinous nodules on the bark.

UK Status

An uncommon species, frequenting coniferous plantations and woods in various parts of mainland Britain, but particularly in the east and northerly into Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, this is the first VC55 record for the species.

49.334 BF1267

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map