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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 58 (41%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1867.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-20mm.
Flight: October - May (hibernating)
Foodplant:   Ash
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
20/10/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
14/10/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
13/10/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
01/10/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO55
07/09/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO97

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