2022 Annual Report for: Cossidae / Zeuzerinae

For species seen in 2022 that had less than or equal to 100 records, full details are included; for more common species, the earliest, latest and highest count by vice-county are shown. The narrative for each species is taken from the main Hantsmoths website, and it is possible that some information on abundance and occurrence can get out of date, as it is impossible to keep up with all changes; however it should give a good introduction to each species. The tables in each species account summarise the previous status, and that for the current year.

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50.002 [B&F: 0161] Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina (Linnaeus, 1761) - Common

Common in open woodland, scrub, gardens, orchards and parks throughout England and Wales. Widespread and fairly common in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight. Wingspan male 46-58 mm, female 60-78 mm. Unmistakable, males come freely to light, but females are seldom seen. Larva feeds within wood of various deciduous trees, over-wintering two or three times.

Records prior to 2022

Vice County #Records #Individuals First Record Last Record

2022 records

Vice County #Records #Individuals Max Quantity

Records by year

Records by week (adult)

Records by week (larval)

Record Details

VC10: West High Down quarries, one, 12 Jul (IOu); Freshwater Bay, one, 17 Jun (SDav); Newport, one, 16 Jun; one, 26 Jun; one, 09 Jul; one, 11 Jul; one, 12 Jul (DPl); Wheelers Bay, one, 16 Jul; one, 17 Jun; one, 18 Jun (ABut); Bonchurch, one, 11 Jul; one, 12 Jul; one, 15 Jul; two, 17 Jul (JHa); Shide, Newport, one, 18 Jul (CViny); Haseley Manor, one, 10 Jul (IOu); Wroxall, one, 17 Jul (JRB); Shanklin, one, 17 Jun; two, 10 Jul; Osborne Wood, one, 18 Jul (IOu);

VC11: Fordingbridge, two, 17 Jun (SCT); Ogden's Purlieu, NF, one, 18 Jul (AMD); Marchwood, four, 06 Jul; one, 14 Jul (CTha); Franchises Wood, NF, present, 12 Jul (RBW); Totton, one, 28 Jun (CNB); one, 18 Jul; one, 19 Jul (LHan); Southampton, present, field observation, 30 Jun (iNat); Romsey, one, 17 Jun; two, 22 Jun; one, 11 Jul (MJB); three, 21 Jul; two, 23 Jul (NRJ); Dibden Purlieu, one, 16 Jul (RAC); Swaythling, Southampton, one, 02 Jul (MEdg); Southampton, one, 16 Jul (MGP); Vale Park, Chandler's Ford, one, 17 Jun (KArb); Allbrook, one, 22 Jun (SIng); Crawley, one, 22 Jun (GCE); Funtley, one, 21 Jul (TDC); Fareham, one, 17 Jul (MLO); Botley, one, 23 Jun; one, 24 Jun; one, 18 Jul (SLB); Shirrell Heath, one, 17 Aug (LEdg); New Milton, one, 02 Jul (RPH); Sway, one, 30 Jun; one, 18 Jul (SKee); Browndown Coastal Ranges, one, 08 Jul (RJD, ADT, DWal & KJW);

VC12: Cholderton, six, 19 Jul (TJN); Chilbolton, one, 18 Jul (GCE); Hawk Conservancy Trust, Weyhill, one, 17 Jun (MJhn); Barton Stacey, one, 16 Jun (GCE); Morn Hill, Winchester, one, 09 Jul (CRB, DAS, PDF et al); Overton, one, 30 Jun (ACr); Basingstoke, one, 22 Jun; one, 07 Jul; one, 08 Jul; one, 14 Jul; two, 17 Jul; one, 18 Jul (MJW); Whitedown, Alton, one, 22 Jun (BCA); Windmill Hill, Chalton, one, 18 Jul (CJP); Whitehill, eight, 23 Jun; five, 28 Jun; one, 02 Jul; one, 18 Jul; one, 29 Jul; one, 31 Jul (ASto)