This species can be distinguished from C. coniferana by the narrow, transverse, metallic-blue band on forewing.
The moths fly in the late morning, afternoon and sunset, keeping to the tops of trees.
The larvae bore into a young cone of pine, especially Scots pine (P. sylvestris) and feeds internally on the seeds.
Established pine forests.
Recorded in 2 (0.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.
Last recorded in May 2010
Recorded date range (Adult): 23 May to 07 June