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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Probably three overlapping generations, May-Sep, peak in Jul.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Scots Pine, Norway Spruce, Corsican Pine, Sitka Spruce

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 recorded1955200719821955
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records121531642764
Number of individuals252283895838
Unique positions217215468
Unique locations141111306
Adult records113931622608
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 2764 records from 306 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1893 Tawny-barred Angle 03
© Julian Francis
1893 Tawny-barred Angle 02 f. nigrofulvata
© Dave Foot
1893 Tawny-barred Angle 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found in all parts of Britain, the larva feeding on scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), spruce (Picea spp.) and western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla). In Dorset, the moth is common in conifer plantation. The flight time covers four months. This is likely to be a combination of a single brood in July, plus a double brood with the first generation between early May and late June and a second from late July to mid-September. The national norm is for a single brood in northern Britain in June, and a double brood in the south. Of the four hundred and sixty-four Tawny-barred Angles trapped at Arne Wood between 1974 and 1995, 98.5% were of the typical form, and 1.5% was of the melanic form, ab. nigrofulvata. The moth is occasionally found well away from conifer habitat, and medium-range dispersal from is suspected for the following: Portland, at MV light on five occasions between 24 July and 3 August 1996, 6 July 1999, 8 July 2001, 27 June 2003, 5 July 2003 (M Cade).

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