The Moths of Suffolk
879 Batrachedra pinicolella, (Zeller, 1839)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare, probably under-recorded

Habitats : Coniferous woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to August

Larval foodplants : Norway Spruce (Picea abies), mining the needles

Records : Elveden (P Sterling, 14.vii.2004), Minsmere (R Harvey and J Higgott, 9.vii.2005)

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.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBatrachedra parvulipunctella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2008) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Dunwich, Suffolk (22.vi.2014) © Paul Kitchener
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (7.vii.2016) © Paul Kitchener