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White-spotted Pinion
Cosmia diffinis

(Linnaeus, 1767) 2317 / 73.214

Davey, P., 2009: A rare and declining species in southern Britain, the larva feeding on the sucker shoots growing out of the trunks of mature elm (Ulmus spp.). In Dorset, the last moth was seen nearly thirty years ago at a time when mature elms across the county were beginning to die from Dutch elm disease. It is very doubtful that the species is still resident in the county. In the absence of any initiative to restock the countryside with disease resistant elm, no recommendations are proposed:... Read More

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Recorded in 2 (5%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1954.
Last Recorded in 1976.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-16mm
Flight: late July - late August
Foodplant:   English Elm, Wych Elm, Small-leaved Elm
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Red Data Book (proposed)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
14/08/197619SY98 Wareham
09/08/197619SY98 Wareham
16/08/197519SY98 Wareham
03/08/197519SY98 Wareham
02/09/195419ST72 Stour Provost

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