Dioryctria abietella

Alternative names
Dark Pine Knot-horn

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

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).

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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