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Spuleria flavicaput
Yellow-headed Cosmet

(Haworth, 1828)904 / 39.003

Morley’s Final Catalogue: An interesting insect that occurs somewhat freely in many of our larger woods in late May: Foxhall in 1896, Bentley Woods in 1931, Parham Wood, Fritton and Bradwell Doles (Mly); Gorleston palings (D). Brandon (Barrett); Newmarket (Wrn).

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk, reduced abundance from Morley’s time..

Life Style: A single brooded day flying species that can be found in morning sunshine during May and June. The larvae feed inside a twig of Crataegus. They pupate before winter and having made an oval escape hole just above a fork.

Identification: A very distinctive moth in charcoal grey with two pairs of scale tufts and a bright yellow orange head and neck. More Info

Recorded in 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1896.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
31/05/2020125TM59 - Lowestoft
19/05/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
02/06/2019125TM59 - Lowestoft
30/05/2019125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
30/05/2012125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Wingspan: 12-14mm
Flight: May to June
Foodplant:   Hawthorn
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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