The Moths of Suffolk
2317 White-spotted Pinion, Cosmia diffinis, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : pRDB

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Woodland, Copses, plantations containing elms

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late July to August

Larval foodplants : English Elm and Wych Elm

Records : Barton Mills (H Chipperfield, 24.viii.1963)

Comments : Surveys for this moth have been carried out in recent years in the Dunwich and Sizewell areas, with no positive results.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Distinctly scarce, and known from only Bentley, Brandeston, Needham, Stowmarket, Bury, Ickworth; and Beccles. Henham in August 1924 (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 29-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultLesser-spotted Pinion, Cosmia affinis
Lunar-spotted Pinion, Cosmia pyralina

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Cambridgeshire (15.viii.2003) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Fingringhoe Wick reserve, Essex (8.viii.2014) © Neil Sherman