Pine Beauty Noctuidae

Panolis flammea (Denis & Schiff., 1775)

Description: Wingspan 32-40 mm. Adults are rather distinctive in colour and show little variation. Forewings are reddish brown with fairly narrow; darker brown crosslines. The stigmata are darker than the base colour and outlined in white. The outer margin of the forewing has a series of fine white streaks. Hindwings are grey with a pale fringe.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Late February to the end of May.

Status: Widely dispersed across southern counties, but never encountered in any numbers. There are recent reports from Murlough National Nature Reserve, Down, the Argory, Armagh, Garvary Wood and Legatillida, Fermanagh and also several localities in the Greater Belfast area. This species is probably more widespread than current records suggest as it is probably overlooked owing to its early flight period and limited trapping at this time of the year.

Ecology: An early spring species, found mainly in woodland with pine Pinus spp. They also occur in suburban areas if pines are present. Adults are attracted to light. The adults rest by day among the branches and on the trunks of the foodplant. The larvae feed during June and July on pine. It overwinters as a pupa.

World Distribution: Throughout western Europe to central Scandinavia south to Spain.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 2179 Agassiz number: 73.241

Additional information:

UK Moths account

 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland