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49.299 Pseudococcyx posticana (Zetterstedt, 1939)
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exuviae protruding from shoot


Food Plant: Pinus sylvestris (Scots Pine)

Mine: September-April

Notes: The larvae feed at first, tunnelling in the lateral shoots of the stems of smaller trees. In the spring it feeds in the buds, which become a pale brown, as opposed to the normal reddish colour of neighbouring buds. The presence of the larvae may be detected ny this colour and also the presence of a whitish resin from the prepared exit hole, through which the exvuviae protrudes (as shown).

Bradley No: 1208

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Data: 20.v.2014, Holystone Common, South Northumberland, VC67

Image:© Tom Tams

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