Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Lesser-spotted Pinion
Cosmia affinis
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Cosmia pyralina
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White-spotted Pinion
Cosmia diffinis

(Linnaeus, 1767) 73.214

Was considered extinct in the region, in line with the disappearance of this elm-dependant species from most of its range in Britain. Signs of recovery in other areas suggest that re-colonisation could occur and indeed one was found by Ian Sims in the Rothamsted trap at Jealott's Hill, Berkshire, on 7-13 Aug 2021, the first Berkshire record for 34 years. This was followed by a second recent record when Ian Esland recorded it at Waltham Place near Maidenhead (VC22) on 2nd August 2022. (A third record has been made in 2023.) Occurs in woodland and hedgerows.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 23 (29%) of 78 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1700.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Foodplant:   English Elm, Wych Elm, Small-leaved Elm
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
02/08/20221VC22 - BerkshireSU87
10/08/20211VC22 - BerkshireSU87
1987+VC22 - BerkshireSU49
1984+VC22 - BerkshireSP40
1983+VC22 - BerkshireSU56

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