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Goat Moth
Cossus cossus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Cossidae: Cossinae
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Photo © Ben Lupton,  Outwell 10/01/2021

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: 32-42mm.
Flight: One generation. June-July.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees. sallows, willows and poplars
Nat 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.

New UK BAP priority species.

Recorded in 34 (49%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/04/2021227TG03 - Holt/Swanton Novers
10/01/2021128TF50 - Upwell/Marshland
12/10/2020128TF72 - Hillington/Houghton
13/09/2020+28TL88 - Thetford
16/07/2020128TF60 - Downham/Fincham
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