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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 13-14mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorns, Rose family.

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 recorded190519991905
Year last recorded201120102011
Number of records1986408
Number of individuals2646540
Unique positions914190
Unique locations724152
Adult records1886388
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 408 records from 152 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1957 White-pinion Spotted 03
© Jamie McMillan
1957 White-pinion Spotted 02
© Dave Foot
1957 White-pinion Spotted 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to southern Britain, the larva feeding on hawthorn (Crateagus spp.) and blackthorn (Prunus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density, occurring in a range of habitat types, mainly on chalky soil but sometimes on clay soil where hawthorn and/or plum (Prunus domestica) grow. Clay soil localities include Yellowham Wood, Piddles Wood, Merley, Gaunts Common and Castle Hill Wood. Singletons occasionally turn up elsewhere in the county. The following moths probably refer to second-brood individuals: West Bexington, at MV light on 7 and 8 September 1997 (R Eden), Wimborne St Giles, by day on 7 August 1997 (D Jeffers).

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