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Goat Moth
Cossus cossus

(Linnaeus, 1758) 162 / 50.001

Has declined nationally since 1960s and now found mainly in the south and east of UK. Probably extinct in the region. Last recorded in Staffordshire in 1983. One record for Herefordshire dated 1887. Last recorded in Worcestershire in 1978

Inhabits river banks, fens, marshes, parkland.

Lives under the bark of a variety of trees where it overwinters three of four times as a larva.

Verification Grade Comment: Photo required because of rarity

Recorded in 14 (10%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1853.
Last Recorded in 1983.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 32-42mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Sallows, willows and poplars
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Priority Species
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
10/06/19831VC39 - StaffordshireSJ73
07/07/19781VC37 - WorcestershireSO97
1961+VC37 - WorcestershireSO75
01/01/1956 to 31/12/19612VC37 - WorcestershireSO75
01/01/1946 to 31/12/1948+VC37 - WorcestershireSO74 -

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