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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 13-14mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorns, Rose family.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19881938188319812002
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records2097610410227
Number of individuals30912621522228
Unique positions304060408
Unique locations354055427
Adult records209761039726
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 518 records from 179 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.279 White-pinion Spotted 03
© Andy Nunn
70.279 White-pinion Spotted 02
© Charles Fletcher, 10 May 2002
70.279 White-pinion Spotted 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There were two records of this species in Porritt's list (1883-86) but he had never seen it in the County. There are three recent records, however the first two were only seen by their captors and records of this importance cannot be accepted as definite on this basis, although it is difficult to see how such a distinctive species could be recorded in error. There was a proven County record in 1988 and several specimens appeared in Derbyshire in 1985 and 1986 (Harrison & Sterling, 1986). There was also a record from Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire (per SLS) in 1988 so it would seem the species is expanding northwards and our first two were some of the pioneers. There is also an old record from Scarborough in May 1938 (Walsh, 1956) which was not previously mentioned.

Beaumont, 2002: This moth is now recorded widely and commonly in the south of vice-counties 61 and 63.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. High Batts, 10.5.2002 (CHF, JCW); Magdalen Wood, 31.5.2003 (CHF, JCW, SPW); Hutton Conyers, 28.5.2003, 7.6.2004 (CHF); West Tansfield, 31.5.2003 (CHF, JCW, SPW); Sedbusk, 22.7.2002 (MS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): This species has now spread across the county and further north up to Northumberland and is recorded from woodland, scrub and gardens in all five vice-counties. It can be locally common for example 48 at Ripon Parks on 28.5.2009.

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