Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Photo © Mike Marsh,  Felixstowe, Suffolk 27/11/2019

Immature stages

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Red-headed Chestnut
Conistra erythrocephala
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Black-spotted Chestnut
Conistra rubiginosa

(Scopoli, 1763) 2259a / 73.196

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not recorded in the country during Morley's time.

The first British records were as recent as 2011 from Dartford, Kent. The moth has since spread to the home counties, including Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Recent status: The first county record came from Felixstowe on the night of 27 November 2014 (M. Marsh & G. Stannard), with two further singletons from the same garden on 22 and 27 November 2019. The next county record came from Stutton on the night of 26 January 2020 (M. Nowers). The first record for VC26 was on the 31st January 2020 in Lackford (P. Lack).

A recent colonist to Britain, it is very likely that this species will become a regular feature in our county during the winter months.

Identification: Compare with similar Red-headed Chestnut.

Habitats: Gardens and waste land.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2014.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
06/01/2023225TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
04/01/2023125TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
14/11/2022125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
13/11/2022126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
13/11/2022125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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Forewing: 15-16mm
GB Status: Not Assessed
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2023. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023
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