The Moths of Suffolk
2235 Tawny Pinion, Lithophane semibrunnea, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Open broad-leaved woodland, parks, gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; October to May, hibernating during the winter months

Larval foodplants : Ash

Records : Nowton (R Eley, 1985, 1995 & 2001), Sizewell (D Funnell, 1998), Minsmere (C Anderson, 1994 & 1995), Ipswich (N Sherman, 19.v.1999), Barrow (A Parr, 6.v.2000), Little Blakenham (P Wilkins, 15.iv.2006), Euston (S Dumican, 16.iv.2006), Eye (P Kitchener, 31.iii.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not a rare British insect. Newmarket, at lamps (T. & J. Brown); Stowmarket (Dr. Bree, c. 1860). Beccles, singly on ivy-blossom on 5 and 18 October 1933 (Trans. ii, 293); two on sugar at Lowestoft in October 1934 (Mitton) ; four on ivy at Reydon and Wangford, 4 Oct. to 8 Nov. 1935-6 (Baker) Henham, several in 1936 (Btn).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-20mm, Wingspan 40-44mm


Confusion species
    AdultPale Pinion, Lithophane hepatica

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Eye, Suffolk (31.iii.2007) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Lineage wood, Suffolk (10.iv.2009) © Neil Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (9.v.2008) © Lee Gregory