Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Approx Length (c. 9mm) Wingspan (14-18mm)
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Gravitarmata margarotana
Pine Cone Tortrix

(Heinemann, 1863)1207a / 49.302

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: This rare immigrant was first recorded in Kent during 2011, in Suffolk during 2014 and established colonies in Suffolk by the end of the 2010s.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies in April and May. The larvae feed inside twigs and cones of Pinus, Abies and Picea. They hibernate fully fed and pupate in the spring.

Identification: An unmistakeable highly ornate moth in silvery grey with dark edged ferruginous markings. The marking offer some camouflage against the male catkins and terminal buds of the foodplant.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2014.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/05/2020125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
26/04/2019425TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
20/04/2017125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
09/04/2017125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
10/05/2015+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: 14-18mm
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   Pine, Fir, Spruce
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2021. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021
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