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Dotted Chestnut
Conistra rubiginea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2260 / 73.197
Photo © Patrick Clement

Similar West Midlands Species: None
Forewing: 15-17mm
Flight: October - November, and again March - May
Foodplant:   Apple, Blackthorn, Plum, sallows. Other deciduous trees (not well-known in the wild)
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

An uncommon but increasing resident in the south; absent from the north.

A species of woodland and wooded heaths, mature hedgerows.

Adults hibernate over winter but come to light more frequently in the spring.

Verification Grade Comment: Ideally take a photo if away from regular sites.

Recorded in 31 (22%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
29/11/2019137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
28/11/2019137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
27/11/2019137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
24/11/2019137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
23/11/2019137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
Further info: Conistra rubiginea
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