Pretty Pinion

  • Pretty Pinion
    Pretty Pinion

Scientific name: Perizoma blandiata

May - August. Scotland, northern England, Ireland, rarely elsewhere. A small white moth with dark markings. Often found near eyebright and in open habitats like moorland and upland pasture.

The white ground, grey markings and black or dark grey mark on the leading edge of the wing are generally characteristic of this moth. In examples from the Hebrides, this black mark is emphasised with the band across the forewings more or less complete.

Flies in the afternoon and from dusk and after dark.

Size and Family

  • Family – Carpets and Allies (Larentiines)
  • Small Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Local (only found in some areas)

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Eyebright.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Scotland, Ireland
  • Well distributed in Scotland north from the central belt, including Orkney, the Shetlands and some of the Hebrides. Also recorded in Cumbria, with occasional records from elsewhere. In Ireland it is found in the Burren, as well as from a few other scattered sites from the extreme south-west to Northern Ireland.

Habitat

Occurs in a wide variety of open grassy habitats, including limestone hills and roadside verges. Appears to prefer areas with the foodplant in taller vegetation.

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