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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Sep-mid-Oct.

Forewing: 14-17mm

Foodplant: Various herbaceous plants and trees

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded195520061955
Year last recorded201120072011
Number of records2006412
Number of individuals4328880
Unique positions33168
Unique locations32166
Adult records1986408
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 412 records from 66 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


Brown-spot Pinion 5
© Julian Francis
2266 Brown-spot Pinion 04 f. rufa-pallida
© Julian Francis
2266 Brown-spot Pinion 03
© Julian Francis
2266 Brown-spot Pinion 02 (form borealis)
© Paul Baker
2266 Brown-spot Pinion 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding on various herbaceous plants and deciduous trees. In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density, being confined to scrub and bramble-rich grassland localities on chalky soils both inland and on the coast, and to other localities close to chalk-sourced rivers, such as the River Stour and the Moors River.

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