Pale Pinion - Lithophane socia

Alternative names
Lithophane hepatica

Wingspan 38 to 42 mm. Similar to the Tawny Pinion, with the same thoracic and abdominal crests, but these lack the blue-green iridescence.

Identification difficulty

Woodland and well wooded areas.

When to see it

The moths are on the wing in October and November, and reappear after hibernation in early spring, when breeding occurs.

Life History

The caterpillars live on trees and shrubs such as Willow and when more mature also feed on low plants such as Dock.

UK Status

With a similar, but slightly more western distribution to Tawny Pinion (L. semibrunnea), tending not to reach quite as far north, it is most common in the south-west.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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