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Lesser-spotted Pinion
Cosmia affinis

(Linnaeus, 1767) 2316 / 73.215
Photo © Barry Spence, 2 Aug 2010,  TA419150Spurn, VC61

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Yorkshire Status: Rare and very local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Now rare in the County, probably due to the decline of the English elm, especially in the south where the moth was previously most widespread.

Beaumont, 2002: Scattered records from the south of the County indicate that this species persists at low density.

Argus 47, 2001-2004:

VC65. High Batts, 12&16.8.1983, (SPW),17.8.2002 (CHF, SPW), 21.7.2004 (JCW, SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): The only two areas where this moth has been recorded recently are in the south of VC63 and in the Ripon area. Other elm-rich areas on the magnesian limestone should be targeted as it is quite elusive and only ever appears in small numbers. There were records at Spurn in 1995 and 2010 and it is not obvious where they originate from. Our populations are the most northerly in the country.

Recorded in 26 (13%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1871.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 12-16mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Elms
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/08/2022362NZ31 - Darlington (E)
09/08/2022165NZ30 - Great Smeaton
03/08/2022164SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
22/07/2022163SE51 - Askern
19/07/2022263SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
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