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35.159 (BF760)

Pine Groundling   

Exoteleia dodecella
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.

Recording method

Can be beaten from the foodplant.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present September-May.  The larva mines the apical half of a needle, making 1-2 holes to eject frass.  Hibernates in the needle, then bores into buds and shoots, making small white webs among the needles.  Adults fly June-August.

Larval foodplants

Scots Pine.  Less frequently, Larch and Lodgepole Pine.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at the Corsemalzie House Hotel, near Mochrum, Wigtownshire, on 27th June 1988 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found at Mersehead RSPB on 26th June 2009.

4 record(s) from 4 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1988 2022 2015

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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