Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Pseudococcyx posticana
Dark Pine Shoot

(Zetterstedt, 1839)1208 / 49.299

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Bred in 1934 from larvas found on Sutton Heath (Whittingham).

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies during May and June. The larvae feed inside the shoots and terminal buds of Pinus sylvestris, preferring lateral shoots and smaller trees. The larvae hibernate and pupate in the larval habitation.

Identification: The moth is dark blackish brown, striated plumbeous grey. The apical third is suffused orange. The palps, head, anterior of thorax and tegulae are dull orange. There is no indication of any banding or fasciation. The hindwings are dark greyish brown.

Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
03/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
02/06/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
01/05/2005125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
1934+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: 12-15mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Scots Pine
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 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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