Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Similar Suffolk Species
Tawny Pinion
Lithophane semibrunnea
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Pale Pinion
Lithophane socia

(Clerck, 1759) 2236 / 73.201
=Lithophane hepatica

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not known from the county in Morley's time.

Recent Suffolk Status: Now local, but fairly widespread across the county.
This species had a big recent population expansion from the south and west of the UK in the early 2000s. The first county record was in 2006, at Milden (J. Hawkins). Further records followed in west Suffolk and also in the east in 2007. From 2009 the records increased across the county as colonization took place.

Life history: Single-brooded, the adults hibernating over the winter and reappearing in the spring. Recorded more regulary at light and ivy blossom than Tawny pinion in Suffolk.

Identification: The scarcer Tawny pinion has the black bar in the outer corner of the forewing, which is absent in Pale pinion.

Habitat: Woodland and parkland.

Recorded in 37 (64%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2006.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/02/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
08/10/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
14/09/2023125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
24/08/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
16/05/2023126TM05 - Stowmarket/Needham Market
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 17-20mm.
Flight: Oct-May. (hibernating)
Foodplant:   Oaks birches, sallows, Hazel other trees and shrubs
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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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