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White-spotted Pinion
Cosmia diffinis
Lunar-spotted Pinion
Cosmia pyralina
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Lesser-spotted Pinion
Cosmia affinis

(Linnaeus, 1767) 2316 / 73.215

Morley's Final Catalogue: Levelly distributed, and much more frequent than the last. Copdock at both light and sugar, Hemley, common around Ipswich, Blakenham, occasionally at Monks Soham light, Gorleston, &c.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common.

Life history: Single-brooded. Larvae have been found in leaf spinnings on Elm in late spring in the county.

Identification: Lunar-spotted pinion has the obvious lunar mark in the corner of the forewing and is reddish purple in colour. White-spotted pinion has large white marks along the leading edge of the forewing.

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

Recorded in 47 (81%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/08/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
27/08/2023126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
23/08/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
18/08/2023+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
18/08/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Forewing: 12-16mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Elms
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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