Ocnerostoma friesei

Alternative names
Grey Pine Ermel

Wingspan 8 to 10 mm. The males and females of this moth have different colourations. The males have pale grey forewings and those of the female are white.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats – but especially where Scots Pine is present.

When to see it

The species is bivoltine or even trivoltine, with flight periods in March to May, August and sometimes November.

Life History

This is a species found associated with Scots Pine.

UK Status

Widespread, but occasional and local in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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

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