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Batrachedra pinicolella
Pine Cosmet

(Zeller, 1839)879 / 36.002

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Very local among Scot-firs. Common on pine in the Bishop's Ipswich garden since 1929 (Whit.); once at Monks Soham light only, on 19 August 1932 (Mly); Flixton Park (Ctw). Brandon.

Recent Status: Few Suffolk records. Possibly under-recorded.

Life Style: A single brooded summer flying species that comes to light. The larvae live in a silken tube covered with light brown frass. From there they mine the needles of Picea abies, Pinus sylvestris and possibly other coniferous species. Pupation is in a cocoon elsewhere on the tree.

Identification: A small narrow winged species that rests with the wings held around the body and stands slightly erect on its front legs. The colour is a glossy greyish ochre with a black spot near the wing tip.

Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1929.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/07/2021326TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
21/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
20/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
18/07/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
17/07/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Wingspan: 9-13mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Norway Spruce, Scots Pine
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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