Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Immature stages

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Approx Length (c. 6mm) Wingspan (10-12mm)
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Cydia conicolana
Pine-cone Piercer

(Heylaerts, 1874)1269 / 49.330

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: Primarily found among pines near the coast and in Breckland.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying during May and June during the day and occasionally comes to light. The larvae feed inside cones of Pinus sylvestris and P. nigra. They pupate following hibernation in a pine scale.

Identification: A small species of Cydia. The moth is dark brownish grey. The outer two thirds has deep golden tips to the scales resulting is a peppered effect. The costa has 5 white strigulae. The first subtends a leaden fascia to the dorsum. The second subtends a leaden fascia to the tornus, skirting the ocellus which is black marked. The fourth subtends a leaden fascia which has a break before skirting the outer edge of the ocellus and the leaden fascia from the fifth skirts around the apex. The larvae feed on seeds inside the cones and when fully fed hibernate in a cavity eaten from a scale where they pupate. They emerge from the hole in the scale surface. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 14 (24%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1957.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
13/06/2021326TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
10/06/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
09/06/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
07/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Wingspan: 10-12mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Scots Pine, Corsican Pine
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
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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