The Moths of Suffolk
1209 Pseudococcyx turionella, Pine Bud Moth, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Coniferous woodland and heathland

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

Larval foodplants : In the buds of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) and less often Shore Pine (Pinus contorta) or Corsican Pine (Pinus nigra)

Records : West Stow (C Smith, 1985), Lower Hollesley Common (SMG, 31.v.1996), Knettishall Heath (M R Hall,, Eye (P Kitchener, 99.v.2002), Tangham Forest (SMG, 4.v.2003 & 29.v.2004), Great Cornard (S Read, 17.v.2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Two bred and one netted, new to Suffolk, at Ampton in 1910 (Nurse, Entom. 1911 p, 221)

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-21mm


Confusion species
    AdultClavigesta purdeyi, Pine Leaf-mining Moth

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Tangham, Suffolk (8.v.2009) © Lee Gregory

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