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Summary Data

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)

Forewing: 16-20mm.

Foodplant: Ash.

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 recorded19271927
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records199398
Number of individuals217434
Unique positions51102
Unique locations4896
Adult records195390
Immature records12

For the region, we have a total of 398 records from 96 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1927.


2235 Tawny Pinion 04 (left) Pale Pinion (right)
© Julian Francis
2235 Tawny Pinion 03
© Gillian Nash, April 2015
2235 Tawny Pinion 02
© Paul Harris
2235 Tawny Pinion 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

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.

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