The Moths of Suffolk
2316 Lesser-spotted Pinion, Cosmia affinis, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common, predominantly in the south-east

Habitats : Woodland, hedgerows, scrub and may appear in other habitats

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-July to August

Larval foodplants : English Elm, Small-leaved Elm and Wych Elm

Morley's Final Catalogue : Levelly distributed, and much more frequent than the last. Copdock at both light and sugar, Hemley, common around Ipswich, Blakenham, occasionally at Monks Soham light, Gorleston, &c.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-16mm, Wingspan 28-35mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWhite-spotted Pinion, Cosmia diffinis
Lunar-spotted Pinion, Cosmia pyralina

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Eye (11.viii.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ex larva - Walberswick (11.vi.2003) © A Prichard
Great Cornard, Suffolk (29.vii.2005) © Stuart Read
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
 
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Spexhall, Suffolk (5.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Bradwell, Suffolk (16.viii.2012) © Keith Knights
Ipswich, Suffolk (19.vii.2017) © Paul Kitchener