The Moths of Suffolk
2236 Pale Pinion, Lithophane hepatica, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Rare, recent arrival (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : A single record to date from near Monks Eleigh

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland and parkland

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

Larval foodplants : A variety of trees and shrubs

Records : Milden, near Monks Eleigh (J Hawkins, 21.iv.2006). In 2007 recorded at the following localities (Milden, J Hawkins), Monks Eleigh (A Watchman), Hollesley (N Mason), Landguard (N Odin), Sicklesmere (S Dumican), Elveden (S Dumican), Nowton (R Eley), Dunwich Heath (C Moore). In 2008 from Sicklesmere (S Dumican), Elveden (S Dumican), Bawdsey (M Deans), Barrow (A Parr), Captains Wood (SMG).

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed

Comments : Since turning up in the west of the county in 2006, has rapidly spread over most of the county

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-20mm, Wingspan 40-46mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSilver Cloud, Egira conspicillaris
Tawny Pinion, Lithophane semibrunnea

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Ipswich, Suffolk (28.iii.2010) © Neil Sherman

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bradwell, Suffolk (24.v.2010) © Keith Knights
Lancashire (iv.2004) © M Deans
Lancashire (12.iv.2004) © L Gregory
 
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At light - Milden, near Monks Eleigh, Suffolk (21.iv.2006) © J Hawkins
First site record - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Captain's wood, Sudbourne, Suffolk (v.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Bawdsey, Suffolk (18.ix.2009) © Matthew Deans
Eye, Suffolk (2.iv.2010) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Found on Ivy blossom - Ipswich, Suffolk (14.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
Found on Ivy blossom - Ipswich, Suffolk (14.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (9.iii.2017) © Paul Kitchener