Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Purdis Farm, Ipswich. 16th March 2023.

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Pale Pinion
Lithophane socia
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Tawny Pinion
Lithophane semibrunnea

(Haworth, 1809) 2235 / 73.200

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not a rare British insect. Newmarket, at lamps (T. & J. Brown); Stowmarket (Dr. Bree, c. 1860). Beccles, singly on ivy-blossom on 5 and 18 October 1933 (Trans. ii, 293); two on sugar at Lowestoft in October 1934 (Mitton); four on ivy at Reydon and Wangford, 4 Oct. to 8 Nov. 1935-6 (Baker); Henham, several in 1936 (Btn).

Recent Suffolk Status: Local. Some evidence of a recent decline.

Life history: Single-brooded, the adults hibernating over the winter and reappearing in the spring. Only occasional at light and ivy blossom.

Identification: Pale pinion is quite similar and is more common in the county. The main feature to look for is the black bar in the outer corner of the forewing, present in Tawny pinion but absent in Pale pinion.

Habitat: Woodland and parkland.

Recorded in 31 (53%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1860.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
13/04/2024125TM14 - Ipswich
08/10/2023125TM14 - Ipswich
08/05/2023126TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
29/04/2023125TM37 - Halesworth
18/04/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Forewing: 16-20mm.
Flight: One generation Oct-May. (hibernating)
Foodplant:   Ash
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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