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Lunar-spotted Pinion
Cosmia pyralina ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2319 / 73.217
Photo © Melissa Banthorpe,  Lower Stondon 06/07/2017

Similar Bedfordshire Species
Lesser-spotted Pinion
Cosmia affinis
White-spotted Pinion
Cosmia diffinis
Forewing: 13-16mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Apple, elms.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Bedfordshire status
Uncommon resident

Verification Grade Comment: Acceptable flight time in county: 1 July to 15 August - a photo will be required if reported outside these dates

Recorded in 19 (86%) of 22 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1956.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/07/2023130TL04 - Bedford (South), Kempston
23/07/2022130TL14 - Biggleswade (West), Sandy
19/07/2022130TL14 - Biggleswade (West), Sandy
16/07/2022130TL03 - Ampthill, Flitwick, Silsoe
16/07/2022230TL14 - Biggleswade (West), Sandy
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