Recent Status: An immigrant species that was first recorded in Surrey during 1945. It has spread and is now common in Suffolk.
Life Style: A single brooded species with a partial second generation found from May to August and in October. The larvae feed on Pinus sylvestris. They pupate in the larval habitation.
Identification: A strikingly marked species in shades of yellow, ferruginous orange and red brown sometimes with a rosy tinge that mimics the male catkins of Pinus sylvestris. Gravitarmata margarotana has a similar idea but the colours differ. The larvae feed on the terminal buds prior to hibernation and thereafter on young leaves from a silken tube.
Recorded in 40 (69%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1974. Last Recorded in 2021. Additional Stats