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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Mar-May.

Forewing: 15-16mm

Foodplant: Scots Pine, Corsican Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Larch

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20152014201420152014
Number of records18325613233058
Number of individuals17631511355865
Unique positions6463707914
Unique locations6267727914
Adult records17825011430558
Immature records11220

For the county, we have a total of 959 records from 294 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.241 Pine Beauty 07
© Tony Moverley, 7 May 2018
73.241 Pine Beauty 09 Front
© Colin Duke
73.241 Pine Beauty 08 Lateral
© Colin Duke
73.241 Pine Beauty 06
© Andy Nunn
73.241 Pine Beauty 05
© Andy Nunn
73.241 Pine Beauty 04
© Damian Money
73.241 Pine Beauty 03
© Dave Williamson
73.241 Pine Beauty 02
© Damian Money
73.241 Pine Beauty 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species is a serious pest of conifer plantations in parts of northern Britain (Skinner, 1984). However, in Yorkshire it is quite local and may have declined slightly overall. It is probably well established in many areas with pine but is generally only recorded in small numbers.

2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county except for the north west and quite common in pine woods eg 30 at Ellington Banks on 9.4.2004 though it is said not to come strongly to light. It feeds at sallow catkins along with the Orthosia species. Numbers seem to be doing well in the county.

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