35.100 Gelechia sabinellus (Zeller, 1839)

Status and Distribution

Adventive that may have established itself temporarily in Essex (in 1971) and occured once in Worcestershire (in 1978). A further, currently unconfirmed, record in 2004 from close to the original Essex site is being investigated. Possibly no longer present in the British Isles.

National Status: 

Adventive

Bradley & Fletcher no: 

802
Photo courtesy of UK Moths.
Photographer: Donald Hobern
Location: Hellerup, Denmark

Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by February 2018.

    Dissection Group

    Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

    Juniperus spp. (juniper), see distribution map.

    In Europe the foodplant is given as Juniperus communis (juniper), the larva feeding in a silken tube amongst needles spun to a twig from May to July.

    The moth located in Worcestershire in 1978 was found on an inside wall near a window close to a Juniperus squamata bush. Subsequent searches failed to locate any larvae.

    Foodplant Map

    Habitat

    Gardens

    Finding the Moth

    Larva: searches of garden junipers in the grid squares TQ3189 and TQ3296 would be beneficial to see if larvae are present. Silken tubes in needles attached to the stems in May, June or even into July should be examined for larvae.

    Adult: attracted to light.

    Similar Species

    Gelechia senticetella is smaller, based on the limited ammount of available data in Britain (10-13mm wingspan as opposed to 15-18mm for G. sabinellus), generally darker and browner and lacks the two light spots which often interrupt the longitudinal black streaks on the forewing. The wingspan ranges quoted for both species in Europe and Britain differ by a few milimetres and, in Europe, G. senticetella can be quite variable in its forewing markings. If G. sabinellus is suspected it is therefore advisable to retain a voucher specimen.

    Larval Occurrence

    Larval Occurrence

    Flight Period

    Flight Period

    All three confirmed records were in mid to late August.