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.
Both D. abietella and D. simplicella are associated with pine.
The flight period is July and August, when the species can be taken at light. It is also a sporadic migrant.
The larvae feed on various parts of pine, including cones, shoots and buds.
Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).
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