Dioryctria abietella

    Alt Name
    Dark Pine Knot-horn
    Description

    Wingspan 26 to 32 mm. There is considerable uncertainty to the status of the four Dioryctria species in Britain, as they are very difficult to tell apart. In particular, D. abietella and D. simplicella.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Both D. abietella and D. simplicella are associated with pine.

    When to see it

    The flight period is July and August, when the species can be taken at light. It is also a sporadic migrant.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on various parts of pine, including cones, shoots and buds.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    Reference
    62.028 BF1454

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map