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Chestnut
Conistra vaccinii
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Dark Chestnut
Conistra ligula

(Esper, 1791) 2259 / 73.195

A fairly common species across the region.

Found in broadleaved woodland, scrub and many gardens.

Overwinters as an adult. They are attracted to light and to sugar and may be seen on Ivy blossom in the autumn or Sallow catkins in spring.

Note can be confused with the Chestnut but that species is generally paler and with a more rounded wing tip. In Dark Chestnut the wing tip is somewhat hooked, but difficult to see that on worn specimens.

Recorded in 87 (62%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-15mm
Flight: October - February
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn, sallows, oaks, docks
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
23/12/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSO98
22/12/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSK22
21/12/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO88
18/12/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
12/12/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82

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