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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Oct-May, (hibernating)

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Oaks. birches, sallows, Hazel other trees and shrubs.

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 recorded196719861967
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records41178978
Number of individuals618911418
Unique positions1075224
Unique locations975204
Adult records39678948
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 978 records from 204 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1967.


2236 Pale Pinion 05 (r) Tawny Pinion (l)
© Julian Francis
2236 Pale Pinion 04
© Julian Francis
2236 Pale Pinion 03
© Les Hill
2236 Pale Pinion 02
© Martin Cade, 23 Mar 2009
2236 Pale Pinion 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 2235 Lithophane semibrunnea (Tawny Pinion).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to south-west Britain, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants and deciduous trees. The moth pairs during the spring following hibernation. It is attracted to light traps and is fond of ivy blossom in the autumn and sallow blossom in the spring. In Dorset, the moth is widespread, albeit at low density in deciduous woodland and deciduous scrub. With more than five times as many adults observed during the spring compared with those seen in the autumn, a significant percentage of the population appear to emerge post-winter.

The moth resembles the Tawny Pinion2235. Diagnostics include: no dark tornal streak, no dark head and no dark abdominal crests.

Hill, L., 2013:

Additional diagnostic: underside hindwing has an obvious darkish curved postmedian line in addition to the discal spot; discal spot smaller and lighter than in Tawny Pinion.


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