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Dark Chestnut
Conistra ligula
Red-headed Chestnut
Conistra erythrocephala
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Conistra vaccinii

(Linnaeus, 1761) 2258 / 73.194

Morley's Final Catalogue: Text for both Chestnut and Dark chestnut: Both abundant throughout the county, the former rather the more prevalent.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common. Still the more common species of the two regularly recorded chestnuts.

Life history: Single-brooded. Regularly recorded on Ivy blossom, Blackberries and Sallow blossom as well as at light. The adults hibernate and emerge again in the spring on mild nights.

Identification: Dark chestnut is often darker in colour and has a pointed wing tip, but this can wear so care is needed when separating the two species.
Red-headed chestnut is a much larger species and has 2-3 black marks in the kidney mark.

Habitat: Woodland, hedgerows, scrub areas, gardens.

Recorded in 52 (90%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/02/2024125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
20/02/2024226TL97 - Hopton/Ixworth
20/02/2024225TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
20/02/2024226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
18/02/2024226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 14-15mm.
Flight: One generation Sept-May.
Foodplant:   Oaks, elms, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Birch and docks
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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