Goat Moth (Cossus cossus)
The goat moth is a member of the family of Cossidae moths. Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus first described this species in 1758.
Description and Identification
Caterpillars have reddish-purple stripes across their backs and black heads, reaching a length of 9–10 cm.
After maturing, the larvae leave the tree to locate a suitable place for pupation.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
When the wings are opened, they are a grayish-brown color, marked with fine dark cross lines. When the wings are closed, the patterns remain observable.
Average wingspan: 6.8–9.6 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: April to August
The eggs of these moths are laid close to the host plants.
|Distribution||Northern Africa, Asia, and Europe|
|Habitat||Humid areas such as fens, hedgerows, marshes, parkland, riverbanks, and woodland edges|
|Lifespan of Adults||Not recorded|
|Host Plants||Grapevines, oak, and poplar|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- There are several sub-species of these moths, including Cossus cossus cossus, Cossus cossus dauricus, and Cossus cossus lucifer.