Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09549 Lunar-spotted Pinion Cosmia pyralina, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

BF2319 (ABH73.217)


General Information

This is one of three rather similar Cosmia species found in the UK. This species generally has broader forewings and paler hindwings.


Pupates in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 13-16mm.
Foodplant(s): Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Apple (Malus domestica), Bullace (Prunus domestica), elms (Ulmus spp.)
Flying: One generation, early July-late August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Woodland, scrub, hedgerows and parks.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
White-spotted Pinion Cosmia diffinis
Lesser-spotted Pinion Cosmia affinis

Larva Type:
Green, yellow, white, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: