Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Similar West Midlands Species
Pale Pinion
Lithophane socia
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Tawny Pinion
Lithophane semibrunnea

(Haworth, 1809) 2235 / 73.200

An uncommon resident.

A species of open broadleaved woodland, parkland and larger gardens.

Overwinters as an adult and comes to light in small numbers but can be found on ripe blackberries in autumn and sallow catkins in the spring.

Note Pale Pinion is similar in shape and shares the thoracic and abdominal crests but they are not iridescent blue-black. Also Pale lacks the dark line in the trailing corner of the forewing.

Recorded in 52 (37%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1867.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-20mm.
Flight: October - May (hibernating)
Foodplant:   Ash
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
29/04/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO72
22/04/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO98
20/04/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ92
25/03/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO32
22/03/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ93

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