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Leopard Moth
Zeuzera pyrina (Linnaeus, 1761)
Cossidae: Zeuzerinae
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Photo © Antony Wren,  Lowestoft, Suffolk

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Forewing: 22-35mm.
Flight: One generation. June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Many woody plants.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Morley's Final Catalogue: Taken near Ipswich by Rev. W. Kirby (Stephens, Illust. ii, 1828, p.8) and near Southwold by W.C Hewitson, Esq. (l.c. 1829, p.197). Doubtless generally distributed now, but imago rarely observed and mainly in the south.

Recent Suffolk status: Common.

Life history: Larva feeds internally inside the branches of various trees. Moth flies in the summer.

Identification: Unmistakeable. Female larger than the male.

Habitats: Woodlands, gardens, hedgerows.

Recorded in 48 (83%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1893.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 10 Records
28/06/2024125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
03/09/2023125TM34Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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