Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Oct-May. (hibernating)
|Year first recorded||1927||1927|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011|
|Number of records||199||398|
|Number of individuals||217||434|
For the region, we have a total of 398 records from 96 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1927.
Similar species: 2236 Lithophane hepatica (Pale Pinion).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A declining species restricted to southern Britain, the larva feeding on ash (Fraxinus excelsior). The moth, a hibernator, pairs during the spring. It is an infrequent visitor to light traps, more often encountered at ivy blossom in the autumn or at sallow blossom during the spring. It is also attracted to sugar bait. In Dorset, the moth is widespread but local and at low density. It favours isolated ash trees or ash trees forming hedgerows in open situations such as river valley rather than those dominating woodland. The moth has been noted from most soil types. A third more sightings occur during the spring than during the autumn.