Noctuidae : Xyleninae
  Prev | Next  
Tawny Pinion
Lithophane semibrunnea

(Haworth, 1809) 2235 / 73.200
Photo © David Ashton, 16 Apr 2018,  West End, Lund VC61

Similar Yorkshire Species
Pale Pinion
Lithophane socia
Upload a Photo
Express Record Tawny Pinion

Golden Cinnabar Membership

  • Help with running costs of Yorkshire Moths
  • View detailed maps
  • List detailed species records
  • 12 month membership
   You can really help...

Copyright © Lepidoptera UK 2024
Click Map for Details

Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Tawny Pinion used to be a moth of the southern half of England and Wales. From the 1970s it started to move north, and the first appeared at Spurn on 29/10/1984. Further moths were seen at other sites in 1991, 92 and 95, but it was not until the late 1990s that we appeared to have a resident population, and records increased to a maximum of 21 in 2008. Since then numbers have fluctuated considerably with very few recorded in some years, though 2022 and 23 have seen a slight improvement. It is striking that of the 189 records on the database, 188 are of single moths. The other was of two. This pattern is often seen if moths are not strongly attracted to light, so it is possible that is is more common than we think. Records are scattered across the county and it seems to be able to turn up anywhere. The larvae are only known to feed on ash so it will be interesting to see if ash die-back has any effect on numbers. Like Pale Pinion, this is an over-wintering species. It is more commonly encountered in spring than autumn. The dark pre-tornal streak and dark thoracic crest help to separate pale examples from Pale Pinion.

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.

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

< Dotted Chestnut  |  Pale Pinion >
Forewing: 16-20mm.
Flight: October - May (hibernating)
Foodplant:   Ash
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
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
  Immature   Adult   [Show Flight Weeks]
Show Details | 1990 to 2023 | 2000 to 2023 | Graph Key
© 2024 NOLA®; Database using MapMate® Digital Maps © Bartholomew 2010. Design © Jim Wheeler 2024 Lepidoptera.UK
This site requires necessary cookies to function correctly. We'd also like to set Google analytics cookies that help us make improvements by measuring how you use the site. These will be set only if you accept all cookies. Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this will affect how the website functions. Cookies Policy