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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Archips oporana - Pine Hook-tipped Twist Moth

Range & Status

Listed by Ball (1986) as pRDB1, probably correctly. Restricted to southern Britain, where it is very local and becoming scarcer (Bradley, Tremewan & Smith, 1973). Found in Europe and Asia, where it is occasionally a pest species, and in North America.

Regional Distribution

The past distribution of this species in Cornwall is confused because of difficulties in

nomenclature. The common Archips podana used to be known as A. oporana , so many early records can be discounted. In Cornwall, recorded from the Redruth and Newquay areas and in 1967 from the Welcombe and Marsland nature reserve (the last recorded sighting). Its existence in Cornwall requires confirmation.

Habitat & Ecology

A species of conifer woodland, where the adult flies in afternoon and evening. The larvae feed on Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris , which is widely distributed in Cornwall, as well as Silver Fir Abies alba and Juniper Juniperus communis , which are rare.


None known.




I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.