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caterpillar of goat moth


caterpillar of goat moth
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Copyright: Theologos Tats (thiv56) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 47 W: 28 N: 88] (599)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED-I
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-01 23:19
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Points: 2
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Cossus cossus
(identification made possible, thanks to "Merlin")

"Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Suborder: Glossata

Infraorder: Heteroneura

(unranked): Apoditrysia

Superfamily: Cossoidea

Family: Cossidae

Subfamily:Cossinae

Genus: Cossus

Species: C. cossus

Binomial name

Cossus cossus
Linnaeus, 1758

The Goat Moth (Cossus cossus) is a moth of the family Cossidae. It is found in Europe.
This is a large heavy moth with a wingspan of 6896 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.
Recorded food plants
Alnus
Betula
Castanea
Citrus
Cydonia
Fagus
Fraxinus
Juglans
Malus
Olea
Populus
Prunus
Pyrus
Quercus
Salix
Sorbus
Ulmus
Vitis"
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


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Unidentified no longer! This is the caterpillar of the Goat Moth Cossus cossus. This is a rare sight, as the larval stage spends up to 5 years (!) feeding by burrowing in wood and only emerges to pupate. You should have mentioned that this caterpillar is very large and heavy! A lucky find - well done.
Regards, Nigel.

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