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Lunar-spotted Pinion
Cosmia pyralina

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

Davey, P., 2009: A local species that is restricted to south-east Britain, the larva feeding on the leaves of elm (Ulmus spp.) and less often on other deciduous tree species. In Dorset, the moth is local, and unlike its elm-feeding cousins, has managed to survive the Dutch elm disease epidemic. This may be because the species colonises elm growing as hedgerow and as young trees that develop infectable corky bark only when they mature, so the disease passes them by in the early stages of their... Read More

Recorded in 33 (83%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1960.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-16mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Apple, elms
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
17/07/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
12/07/201959ST61 Sherborne
12/07/201919ST61 Sherborne
12/07/201919ST61 Sherborne
12/07/201919ST61 Sherborne

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