Spotted Shoot Moth - Rhyacionia pinivorana

Description

Wingspan 15 to 19 mm.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Areas where Scots Pine is present.

When to see it

The adults fly from May to July and are normally found at night when they are attracted to light. However, they do sometimes fly during the day.

Life History

Like other members of the genus Rhyacionia, the foodplant of this species is Scots pine Pinus sylvestris, the larvae feeding internally in the shoots and buds.

UK Status

The species is distributed widely over much of the British Isles, being common in some areas. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

Reference
49.307 BF1212

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map