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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, mid Jun-mid Aug.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Apple, elms.

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 recorded196719871967
Year last recorded201120102011
Number of records1424292
Number of individuals3474702
Unique positions503106
Unique locations43392
Adult records1354278
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 292 records from 92 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1967.


2319 Lunar-spotted Pinion 02
© Gillian Nash, July 2016
2319 Lunar-spotted Pinion 01
© Martin Cade, 1 Jul 2010

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species that is restricted to south-east Britain, the larva feeding on the leaves of elm (Ulmus spp.) and less often on other deciduous tree species. In Dorset, the moth is local, and unlike its elm-feeding cousins, has managed to survive the Dutch elm disease epidemic. This may be because the species colonises elm growing as hedgerow and as young trees that develop infectable corky bark only when they mature, so the disease passes them by in the early stages of their growth. Distinct colonies have been discovered over recent years at Holnest, Alners Gorse, Woolland, Povington Wood, Tatton Coppice, Motcombe, Gillingham, Shapwick and Gaunts Common. The moth together with Lesser-spotted Pinion2316 and White-spotted Pinion2317, was present about fifty years ago in coastal suburban areas in vice county 11, although it was rated as uncommon.

This species is similar to Lesser-spotted Pinion2316. Diagnostics include: cross-lines are black with minimal white, not solely white; the bend in main outer crossline is curved, not right-angled; ground colour reddish, not tawny or brown.


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