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Tawny Pinion
Lithophane semibrunnea

(Haworth, 1809) 2235 / 73.200
Photo © Andy Nunn,  North Ferriby VC 61

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a mainly southern species but occasional specimens are found as far north as Lincolnshire. The first Yorkshire record was of a single specimen found at Spurn (VC61) on 29.10.1984 (BRS). Since there is no woodland, its natural habitat, it was most probably a stray.

Beaumont, 2002: There was only a single previous County record, at Spurn (VC61) in 1984. Since the early 1990s it has occurred widely in small numbers and appears to be increasing in frequency.

VC63. Wintersett Country Park, 18.3 & 13.4.1997, 16 & 23.10.1999 (PSm, PM et al.); Canklow, mid 9.1997 (RFB); West Melton, 9 & 13.4.1999, 22.4.2000 (HEB); Rossington, 10.10.1999 (RlH); Mirfield, 25.10.2000 (MST). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD. VC64. 'Borders of West and South Yorkshire', one at ivy blossom 6.10.1991 (Forder, 1992); Byram, one on ivy bloom 9.10.1995 (NG); Bishop Wood, 16.3.1997 (ASE); Pannal, 1999 (GTF); Tadcaster, 1999, 2000 (DBk). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): This species spread across the county in the 1990s and 2000s reaching a peak of 22 records in 2008 but numbers crashed to a single record in 2011. Records (usually of single moths) are scattered across lowland parts of the county. It appears in October/November and over-winters, appearing again in the Spring.

Recorded in 65 (33%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1984.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 16-20mm.
Flight: October - May (hibernating)
Foodplant:   Ash
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/11/2023161TA17 - Bempton
06/11/2023161TA17 - Bempton
14/09/2023163SE50 - Doncaster
10/05/2023161SE64 - Wheldrake
30/04/2023165NZ10 - Richmond
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