Tawny Pinion - Lithophane semibrunnea


Wingspan 40 to 44 mm. Mainly tawny brown generally paler and more straw coloured toward the leading edge of the wing, but with a blackish bar running parallel with the trailing edge.

Identification difficulty

The preferred habitats are open woodland and marshy places.

When to see it

The species flies late in the autumn, in October and November, and then hibernates, reappearing in April and May.

Life History

The larvae feed mainly on Ash.

UK Status

Distributed sparsely in the southern part of England and Wales, occasionally reaching northwards to the northern counties. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

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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