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Goat Moth
Cossus cossus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Cossidae: Cossinae
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Photo © Barry Pummel,  Not in Norfolk 20/7/2013 MV

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Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: 32-42mm.
Flight: One generation. June-July.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees. sallows, willows and poplars
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
Large moth. Occasionally comes to light otherwise seldom seen.
Riverbanks, fens, marshes.
Overwinters three or four times as larva, final time in a cocoon, feeding internally by boring through the bark and heartwood of a wide variety of broad-leaved trees, including sallows, willows and poplars. Normally in old or damaged trees where it can gain easier access.
Favours low lying damp situations prone to flooding.
English name from the strong 'goaty' odour of the caterpillar.

Regularly recorded at WWT Welney.

S41 - UK BAP priority species.

Recorded in 35 (47%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/10/2021128TF61 - S.Lynn/Tottenhill
23/09/2021+28TF70 - Beachamwell/Oxborough
22/09/2021128TL59 - Welney
19/08/2021128TL69 - Southery/Hilgay
12/07/2021128TF50 - Upwell/Marshland
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