Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09546 White-spotted Pinion Cosmia diffinis, (Linnaeus, 1767)

BF2317 (ABH73.214)


General Information

This is one of three rather similar Cosmia species found in the UK. This species has much larger pure-white markings on leading edge of forewing.


Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light, males more often than females.

Forewing length: 14-16mm.
Foodplant(s): elms (Ulmus spp.)
Flying: One generation, late July-late August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Elm woodland and hedgerows, preferring the presence of large elms.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Lesser-spotted Pinion Cosmia affinis
Lunar-spotted Pinion Cosmia pyralina

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