The Moths of Suffolk
2319 Lunar-spotted Pinion, Cosmia pyralina, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread but uncommon

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, hedgerows and parks

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

Larval foodplants : Blackthorn, hawthorns, Apple, Bullace and elms

Morley's Final Catalogue : Continues to be local and uncommon; known here since the time of Kirby, who took it at Barham soon after 1800 (Steph. lllu,,t. iii, 62). Ipswich, one at electric light on 12 July 1895 (Mly); Combs (C); Brandeston (Gr); Glemham Magna (Bloomfield); Wangford Crf). No recent records till 1935, when Burton found it at Henham.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 29-34mm


Confusion species
    AdultLesser-spotted Pinion, Cosmia affinis
White-spotted Pinion, Cosmia diffinis

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Eye (19.vii.2000) © Paul Kitchener

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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Woolpit, Suffolk (19.vii.2015) © Paul Bryant