Status and Distribution
Local, occasionally locally common in central, eastern and southern England; very local in Wales, a few parts of northern England and the Channel Islands. In Ireland, only recorded once from The Burren in western Ireland and apparently absent from Scotland and much of south west England.
Bradley & Fletcher no:
Maps updated with all data received by January 2022.
Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs
Juniperus communis (common juniper), see plant distribution, and garden species and cultivars, including Juniperus squamata 'blue carpet'. Found once on Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Lawson's cypress).
Mines a needle in the autumn, overwintering in the mine. In the spring spins an extensive, dense silk web amongst the needles which may occasionally contain more than one larva.
Finding the Moth
Larva: best found by looking for the distinctive dense silk web in the spring.
Adult: can be beaten from the foodplant and comes readily to light
A distinctive species with the white costal and dorsal stripes.
Single brooded from early June to late August. Found once on 24th April 1993 and 30th September 1998.