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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Sep-mid-Oct.

Forewing: 14-17mm

Foodplant: Various herbaceous plants and trees

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291953184619301960
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records166510214101077522
Number of individuals3060518767841852652
Unique positions104708011526
Unique locations105707812126
Adult records163910023731030516
Immature records40000

For the county, we have a total of 4695 records from 400 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.187 Brown-spot Pinion 04
© Andy Nunn
73.187 Brown-spot Pinion 03
© Paul Kipling
73.187 Brown-spot Pinion 02
© Ian Andrews
73.187 Brown-spot Pinion 01
© Terry Box, 15 Sep 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Frequently recorded and often common in all five vice-counties, especially in the south. This species has an earlier flight period than others in the genus. As fewer traps are running later in the year it is difficult to compare them directly.

2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county but numbers fluctuate from year to year and there seems to have been a recent decline which has been most marked in VC63.

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