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Cossus cossus (Goat Moth)

Wikipedia Abstract

Cossus cossus, the goat moth, is a moth of the family Cossidae. It is found in Europe. This is a large heavy moth with a wingspan of 68–96 mm. The wings are greyish brown and marked with fine dark cross lines. The moth flies from April to August depending on the location. The caterpillars feed in the trunks and branches of a wide variety of trees (see list below), taking three or four years to mature.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Cwm Doethie – Mynydd Mallaen 10186 Wales, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths 14161 England, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes 5491 England, United Kingdom
Dungeness 7966 England, United Kingdom
East Devon Pebblebed Heaths 2767 England, United Kingdom
Fenland 1529 England, United Kingdom
Humber Estuary 90582 England, United Kingdom
Lyme Bay and Torbay 77215 England, United Kingdom
Minsmere to Walberswick Heaths and Marshes 3127 England, United Kingdom
Morecambe Bay 151985 England, United Kingdom
Morecambe Bay Pavements 6449 England, United Kingdom
Ouse Washes 769 England, United Kingdom
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Pevensey Levels 8860 England, United Kingdom  
Richmond Park 2092 England, United Kingdom  
River Eden 6087 England, United Kingdom  
River Moriston 481 Scotland, United Kingdom
River Usk/ Afon Wysg 2490 Wales, United Kingdom  
Sefton Coast 11278 England, United Kingdom
Sidmouth to West Bay 2217 England, United Kingdom
Solent Maritime 27985 England, United Kingdom
Strathglass Complex 58277 Scotland, United Kingdom
The Broads 14554 England, United Kingdom  
The Lizard 8048 England, United Kingdom    
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
The Wash and North Norfolk Coast 266284 England, United Kingdom
Thursley, Ash, Pirbright and Chobham 12696 England, United Kingdom
Tintagel–Marsland–Clovelly Coast 6004 England, United Kingdom  

Prey / Diet

Alnus glutinosa (European alder)[1]
Alnus incana (gray alder)[1]
Beta maritima (sea beet)[1]
Betula pendula (European white birch)[1]
Betula pubescens (downy birch)[1]
Castanea sativa (European chestnut)[2]
Cydonia oblonga (quince)[1]
Fagus sylvatica (European beech)[2]
Fraxinus excelsior (European ash)[1]
Juglans regia (English walnut)[1]
Malus pumila (Common apple)[1]
Olea europaea (olive)[1]
Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)[1]
Populus tremula (European aspen)[1]
Quercus robur (Pedunculate Oak)[1]
Salix caprea (goat willow)[1]
Salix fragilis (crack willow)[1]
Sorbus aucuparia (Mountain Ash)[1]
Sorbus intermedia (Swedish Whitebeam)[1]
Sorbus torminalis (Wild Service Tree)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Acherontia atropos (Death's-head hawk moth)4
Acronicta alni (Alder Moth)10
Acronicta auricoma (Scarce Dagger)7
Acronicta leporina (miller)9
Acronicta megacephala (Poplar Grey)5
Acronicta psi (Grey Dagger Moth)9
Acronicta rumicis (Knot Grass)4
Acronicta tridens (Dark Dagger)5
Alebra wahlbergi4
Amphipyra berbera (Svensson's Copper Underwing)4
Amphipyra pyramidea7
Anaplectoides prasina (green arches)4
Arctia caja (garden tiger moth)4
Biston betularia (peppered moth)6
Biston strataria (Oak Beauty)5
Brachionycha nubeculosa (Rannoch Sprawler)5
Byctiscus betulae (Hazel Leaf Roller)4
Cabera exanthemata (Common Wave Moth)4
Cabera pusaria (Common White Wave Moth)8
Calliteara pudibunda (Pale Tussock)8
Campaea margaritata (Light Emerald Moth)6
Capreolus capreolus (western roe deer)4
Cerura vinula (Puss Moth)5
Chloroclysta miata7
Chloroclysta siterata (Red-green Carpet)6
Clostera anachoreta (Scarce Chocolate-tip)4
Clostera curtula (Chocolate-tip)4
Clostera pigra (Small Chocolate-tip)4
Coccothraustes coccothraustes (Hawfinch)4
Coleophora serratella (birch casebearer)7
Colocasia coryli (Nut-tree Tussock)9
Colotois pennaria (Feathered Thorn)7
Conistra vaccinii (Chestnut)5
Cosmia trapezina (Dun-bar)8
Crocallis elinguaria (Scalloped Oak Moth)6
Cryptorhynchus lapathi5
Diurnea fagella4
Drepana curvatula (Dusky Hook-tip Moth)5
Drepana falcataria (Pebble Hook-tip)5
Ectropis crepuscularia (small engrailed)4
Electrophaes corylata (Broken-barred Carpet Moth)5
Erannis defoliaria (Mottled Umber Moth)5
Eriogaster lanestris (Small Eggar)9
Eulithis testata (chevron moth)4
Eupithecia exiguata (Mottled Pug)6
Euproctis chrysorrhoea (Brown-tail)4
Euproctis similis4
Eupsilia transversa (Satellite)5
Eurois occulta (great gray dart)4
Euzophera pinguis (Tabby Knot-horn)4
Furcula furcula (Sallow Kitten)4
Geometra papilionaria (Large Emerald)4
Graphiphora augur (Double Dart)6
Hydrelia sylvata (Waved Carpet)5
Jodis lactearia (Little Emerald)6
Lacanobia contigua (Beautiful Brocade)6
Lacanobia thalassina (Pale-shouldered Brocade)6
Laothoe populi (Poplar Hawk-moth)5
Lasiocampa quercus (Oak Eggar)5
Lithophane hepatica5
Lycia hirtaria (Brindled Beauty Moth)10
Lymantria monacha (Black Arches, Nun Moth)4
Lyonetia clerkella (Apple Leaf Miner Moth)6
Melanchra pisi (Broom Moth)5
Nymphalis antiopa (camberwell beauty)5
Nymphalis polychloros (Large Tortoiseshell Butterfly)5
Ochropacha duplaris (Common Lutestring Moth)5
Odontopera bidentata (Scalloped Hazel)8
Operophtera brumata (winter moth)8
Opisthograptis luteolata (Brimstone Moth)4
Orgyia antiqua (Rusty Tussock Moth)4
Orthosia gothica (Hebrew Character)6
Orthosia incerta (Clouded Drab)5
Orthosia munda (Twin-spotted Quaker)4
Orthotaenia undulana5
Phalera bucephala (Buff-tip)8
Phigalia pilosaria (Pale Brindled Beauty)6
Phlogophora meticulosa (Angle Shades Moth)5
Phyllonorycter corylifoliella5
Plagodis dolabraria (Scorched Wing)4
Plagodis pulveraria (Barred Umber Moth)7
Poecilocampa populi (December Moth)11
Polia nebulosa (Grey Arches)4
Psyche casta4
Ptilodon capucina (Coxcomb Prominent)10
Rheumaptera hastata (spear-marked black)4
Rheumaptera undulata6
Saturnia pavonia (Emperor moth)9
Selenia tetralunaria (Purple Thorn)7
Smerinthus ocellata7
Stauropus fagi (Lobster Moth)8
Synanthedon spheciformis (White-barred Clearwing )4
Synanthedon vespiformis (Yellow-legged Clearwing)4
Tettigella alba4
Trichiura crataegi (Pale Eggar)7
Trichopteryx carpinata (Early Tooth-striped)4
Venusia cambrica (welsh wave)4
Xylena exsoleta (Sword-grass)4
Yponomeuta padella (Common Hawthorn Ermel Moth)4
Zeuzera pyrina (leopard moth)7




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1HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
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