Pine-tree Lappet Dendrolimus pini
Pine-tree Lappet Dendrolimus pini
Male • Inverness, Scotland, June • © Roger Kiddie

66.009 BF1639
Pine-tree Lappet Dendrolimus pini

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 45-70 mm.

Until recently, this species was only a rare vagrant to the south coast and Channel Islands, with a couple of old records, followed by an adult male on the Isle of Wight in August 1996, and two others in Guernsey in 1989 and 1997. Another was recorded in Cornwall in August 2003.

A larva which apparently was found in Essex in 1999 on a pine tree imported from Italy was bred out to produce a female.

However, in 2007 the species was found apparently resident in small numbers at Inverness, Scotland, and confirmed in 2008, with at least six being observed at the site.

As the name implies, the foodplants are mainly various species of pine (Pinus) .
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