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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Mar-May.

Forewing: 15-16mm

Foodplant: Scots Pine, Corsican Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Larch

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 recorded195919731959
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records4941691326
Number of individuals9784482852
Unique positions13814304
Unique locations10413234
Adult records4771651284
Immature records114

For the region, we have a total of 1326 records from 234 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.


2179 Pine Beauty 05 f. griseovariegata (Goeze)
© Julian Francis, 23 Apr 2019
2179 Pine Beauty 04
© Julian Francis
2179 Pine Beauty 03
© Les Hill
2179 Pine Beauty 02
© Paul Harris
2179 Pine Beauty 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring throughout Britain, the larva feeding on scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) and maritime pine (Pinus pinaster). In Dorset, the moth is frequent where scots pine has been block-planted, particularly on sandy soil, and to a lesser extent on chalky soil where the forestry commission and private estates harvest the conifer trees commercially. Stands of self-sown maritime pine on heaths and sandy cliffs in the Poole Basin provide an additional food source for the moth. The time of the moth's emergence is dictated by how advanced the season is, with individuals seen as early as February or as late as June. The following example was either a delayed emergence or a second brood individual: Higher Hyde, at MV light on 15 July 2002 (P Davey). These moths were likely to have dispersed from the Poole Basin; a north-easterly airflow was established at the time: Portland, at MV on 15 and 16 May 1998 (M Cade).

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