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Leopard Moth
Zeuzera pyrina (Linnaeus, 1761)
Cossidae: Zeuzerinae
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Photo © Rob Reeve,  12/07/2022 - Wickham Market

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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
Status
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.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
01/07/2024326TL78Brandon/Lakenheath
29/06/2024126TL78Brandon/Lakenheath
29/06/2024126TL84Sudbury/Glemsford
28/06/2024125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
26/06/2024126TL94Lavenham/Boxford
26/06/2024126TL84Sudbury/Glemsford
18/06/2024126TL78Brandon/Lakenheath
16/06/2024226TL78Brandon/Lakenheath
07/09/2023+25TM46Minsmere/Leiston
03/09/2023125TM34Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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