The Moths of Suffolk
1207 Clavigesta purdeyi, Pine Leaf-mining Moth, (Durrant, 1911)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally widespread

Habitats : Coniferous woodland, heathland and gardens

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

Larval foodplants : On the buds and needles of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Corsican Pine (Pinus nigra) or Shore Pine (Pinus contorta)

Morley's Final Catalogue : This interesting species, first noted at Folkestone in 1911 by Purdey and at Holkham in 1912 by Whittingham, is annually common on Austrian pines in Waldringfield rectory (Wlr) and the Bishop's Ipswich (Whit) gardens, &c. Abundant in pines on Bawdsey cliff in 1935 and several beaten at Mildenhall in early August 1931 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-12mm


Confusion species
    AdultClavigesta sylvestrana
Pseudococcyx turionella, Pine Bud Moth

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (25.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (27.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener