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Lunar-spotted Pinion
Cosmia pyralina ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2319 / 73.217
Photo © Sarah Cadwallader,  Private garden Kington Herefordshire

Similar West Midlands Species
Lesser-spotted Pinion
Cosmia affinis
White-spotted Pinion
Cosmia diffinis
Forewing: 13-16mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Apple, elms
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

A fairly common resident in the south.

A species of hedgerows, scrub, woodland, parks and occasionally gardens.

Overwinters as an egg and adults come readily to sugar and to light.

Note distinguished for Lesser-spotted and White-spotted Pinions by the two white marks at the tip of the wing making a crescent shape.

Verification Grade Comment: Ideally take a photo.

Recorded in 48 (34%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
29/07/2020137SO97 - Dodford/Lickey
23/07/2020136SO53 - SE Hereford & Haugh Wood
23/07/2020137SO97 - Dodford/Lickey
18/07/2020136SO53 - SE Hereford & Haugh Wood
13/07/2020136SO64 - Bishops Frome & Ashperton
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