The Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina


Family Noctuidae » Subfamily Xyleninae » Cosmia trapezina (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.216 (BF2318)
Wingspan 25-33 mm. A fairly variable moth in colouration, but generally brownish with distinct cross-lines and cross-band. It is unlikely to be confused with any other species. The larva feeds on other moth larvae as well as the leaves of various broadleaved trees and shrubs. The adult flies July to September. Found in various habitats where there are trees and shrubs, especially woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Common and widespread throughout.


Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina
Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina
The Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina

Attracted to moth trap light, back garden, South Staffordshire. Photos © Peter Hillman.