50.001 (0162) Goat Moth Cossus cossus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident? Rare.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
Two records. Lennon (1863) had found it to be not common, but had a record for Dalskairth (VC73). The other record was of two larvae on the lawn at Terregles House on 8th September 1870 as found by the gardener, Mr. Johnston. The larvae were of great size, about three and a half inches in length, and were beautifully coloured - yellowish brown predominating.
 
There is a pre 1960 record for VC73 in MOGBI, which shows it as occurring in widely scattered localities throughout Great Britain. This may be one of the records noted above.
 
This distinctive moth is also known from nearby areas like the Isle of Man, north-west England and northern Scotland. Kidd & Hewitt (2000) gave two records at least for Cumbria (VC69 and VC70) occurring in 1956 and 1983 respectively.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larvae over three or four seasons, the last occasion in a cocoon where it pupates in the spring. Eggs are laid in tree crevices in batches.
 
Larval foodplants
The larvae feed inside the stems and branches of many trees.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable.
 
Habitat
Open woodland, parkland and scrub.
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