Exoteleia dodecella
Exoteleia dodecella
Adult • Whitecross Green Wood, Bucks • © Dave Wilton

35.159 BF760
Exoteleia dodecella

(Linnaeus, 1758)


Wingspan 12-15 mm.

Widely distributed throughout much of the British Isles, occurring in conifer plantations.

The flight period is from June to July, and the moth can be attracted to light, but can also be disturbed from the foodplant by beating.

The larvae feed initially internally on the needles of pine (Pinus sylvestris), and subsequently externally on the shoots, spinning the needles together.
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