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Dotted Chestnut
Conistra rubiginea

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2260 / 73.197

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not noted from the county in Morley's time. He states: Neither of the much-coveted C. rubiginea et erythrocephala, F., occurs: the former might well do so, but the latter is confined to our south litoral counties.

Recent Suffolk Status: Fairly common and widespread.
The first county record was in 2007, at Bawdsey (M. Deans). From 2011 onwards it started to appear in small numbers in both VC25 and VC26. Numbers have increased and it has spread to many sites across the county although it still seems absent from parts of the west although this could be due to a lack of recorders in that part of Suffolk.

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

Identification: Unmistakeable.

Habitat: Woodland, hedgerows, scrub areas, gardens.

Recorded in 35 (60%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2007.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/04/2024225TM04 - Hadleigh
11/04/2024125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
11/04/2024125TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
10/04/2024125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
08/04/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 15-17mm
Flight: One generation Oct-Nov, flying again in March-May.
Foodplant:   Apple, Blackthorn, Plum, sallows Other deciduous trees (not well-known in the wild)
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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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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