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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Oct-May. (hibernating)

Forewing: 16-20mm.

Foodplant: Ash.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19842002199719952002
Year last recorded20142014201420142011
Number of records44624367
Number of individuals34625337
Unique positions20413194
Unique locations19414204
Adult records44624347
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 117 records from 61 sites. First recorded in 1984.


73.200 Tawny Pinion 03
© David Ashton, 16 Apr 2018
73.200 Tawny Pinion 02
© Dave Williamson
73.200 Tawny Pinion 01
© Charles Fletcher, 14 Apr 2002

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a mainly southern species but occasional specimens are found as far north as Lincolnshire. The first Yorkshire record was of a single specimen found at Spurn (VC61) on 29.10.1984 (BRS). Since there is no woodland, its natural habitat, it was most probably a stray.

Beaumont, 2002: There was only a single previous County record, at Spurn (VC61) in 1984. Since the early 1990s it has occurred widely in small numbers and appears to be increasing in frequency.

VC63. Wintersett Country Park, 18.3 & 13.4.1997, 16 & 23.10.1999 (PSm, PM et. al.); Canklow, mid 9.1997 (RFB); West Melton, 9 & 13.4.1999,22.4.2000 (HEB); Rossington, 10.10.1999 (RlH); Mirfield, 25.10.2000 (MST). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. 'Borders of West and South Yorkshire', one at ivy blossom 6.10.1991 (Forder, 1992); Byram, one on ivy bloom 9.10.1995 (NG); Bishop Wood, 16.3.1997 (ASE); Pannal, 1999 (GTF); Tadcaster, 1999, 2000 (DBk). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): This species spread across the county in the 1990s and 2000s reaching a peak of 22 records in 2008 but numbers crashed to a single record in 2011. Records (usually of single moths) are scattered across lowland parts of the county. It appears in October/November and over-winters, appearing again in the Spring.

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