The Moths of Suffolk
2179 Pine Beauty, Panolis flammea, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common in the heathland areas where conifers exist

Habitats : Conifer plantations and forests, heathland, gardens and other areas where conifers grow

Flight Period : Single-brooded; March to early June, occasional early records in February

Larval foodplants : Pine needles of Scots Pine, Corsican Pine and Lodgepole Pine, also larches

Morley's Final Catalogue : Extremely local, probably becoming extinct. Kesgrave and Flixton before 1890. A few beaten from yew in April 1894-5, in Bentley pine-wood, where Hocking took larvae in the latter year (Mly). Few later records; and, though it used to occur about Brandon, Mildenhall and Tuddenham (sec. Bloomfield), the Breck seems to harbour it no longer. Singly at Brightwell Woods in April 1904 and later at Waldringfield (Wlr); still plentiful in late April at Belton and Fritton, where larvae are common on the Warren in June (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-16mm, Wingspan 32-40mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Eye (30.iii.2001) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Waveney Woods, Fritton, Suffolk (4.iv.2011) © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.iii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2003) © N Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2008) © Neil Sherman
Darker form - Ipswich, Suffolk (29.iv.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.iii.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (13.iv.2016) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.iv.2017) © Paul Kitchener