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Goat Moth
Cossus cossus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Cossidae: Cossinae
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Photo © Samantha Batty,  21/06/22, Austerfield, VC63

Similar Yorkshire Species: None
Forewing: 32-42mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Willows, poplars and other trees
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Yorkshire Status: Rare and very local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species is now very scarce in Yorkshire. There are only records from two widely separated areas, although no post 1960 records are shown for Yorkshire on map 3 in MBGBI 2. The species seem to need old poplar or pollarded willow (B MacNulty, pers. comm.) which may now be rare due modern farming practices.

2012 (CHF): The only recent record of this species within the county is from Rossington in 2005 though there was an unconfirmed record of a pair in-cop in June 2010 in the Doncaster area. There are several old records from this area so it is possible that we still have a resident population.

Recorded in 18 (9%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/09/2023163SE50 - Doncaster
15/09/2022163SE50 - Doncaster
23/08/2022163SE60 - Hatfield
11/07/2022163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
21/06/2022163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
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