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73.241 (BF2179)

Pine Beauty   

Panolis flammea
Adult: 1
Resident. Scarce.



Recording Method.

Attracted to light in small numbers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present May to July.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on the needles of Scots Pine, Lodgepole Pine and occasionally larches.


Plantations and pine forests.


The earliest notification of this species is published in Stephens (1829) with the Rev. William Little recording it at Raehills (VC72).

Lennon (1863) had stated that it was very rare, but that it had occurred near Glen Mills (VC72). Gordon (1913) had stated it used to be not uncommon but had now become rare. He had several at sallow blossom at Corsemalzie on 4th April 1896, and one on a daffodil 12 days later. His earliest date was 2nd April 1899 and 1912.

Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it on Kirkconnell Flow (VC73).

During 1976-79 it was recorded singly from the Caerlaverock Rothamsted station, twice from the Gatehouse of Fleet station and eleven times from the Penninghame station. In the latter year it was also found by Loch Trool.

From 1994 to 2010 there were sixteen records, from Kirkton, Closeburn and Durisdeer (VC72), Auchencairn, Kirriereoch, Cally Woods, Carsluith and Old Toor (VC73) and Mochrum Loch (VC74). On 12th April 2012, not surprisingly, one was trapped at Eskrigg NR, Lockerbie.

74 record(s) from 26 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 2020 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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