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Similar Suffolk Species
Lesser-spotted Pinion
Cosmia affinis
White-spotted Pinion
Cosmia diffinis
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Lunar-spotted Pinion
Cosmia pyralina

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2319 / 73.217

Morley's Final Catalogue: Continues to be local and uncommon; known here since the time of Kirby, who took it at Barham soon after 1800 (Steph. Illust. iii, 62). Ipswich, one at electric light on 12 July 1895 (Mly); Combs (C); Brandeston (Gr); Glemham Magna (Bloomfield); Wangford (Crf). No recent records till 1935, when Burton found it at Henham.

Recent Suffolk Status: Fairly common.

Life history: Single-brooded. Larvae have been beaten from Elm in late spring in the county.

Identification: Lesser-spotted pinion has a blackish hindwing and is a smaller, browner moth. White-spotted pinion has large white marks along the leading edge of the forewing.

Habitat: Woodland, hedgerows, scrub, parks and gardens.

Recorded in 46 (79%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1800.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/08/2023126TL97 - Hopton/Ixworth
11/08/2023+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
10/08/2023126TL97 - Hopton/Ixworth
28/07/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
28/07/2023226TL97 - Hopton/Ixworth
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Forewing: 13-16mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Apple, elms
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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