A very small Tortrix, smallest of the British Epinotia.
A scarce and locally-found species throughout much of Britain, frequenting coniferous woodland, plantations, parks and gardens where its foodplants can be found.
Adult moths are sometimes abundant in spruce plantations, flying in afternoon sunshine and at dusk, later coming to light. The larvae feed from late summer to April and May, spinning a silken tube between the needles.
First modern-day records in a garden at Repps-with-Bastwick in 2013 (S. Wright, 20/07/13) and East Harling in 2018. (K&S Hand, 15/06/2018)
Old records from Norwich and Merton in 1874 (C. Barrett)
[BTS v2, p119]
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Recorded in 4 (5%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2019.