Beaded Chestnut - Agrochola lychnidis
The species is quite variable and there are a number of named forms.
Lunar Underwing is often similar, but Beaded Chestnut has narrower shaped orbicular stigma and usually 3 dark spots on the front of the thorax.
Common in broad-leaved woodland, scrub, hedgerows, grassland, heathland and gardens.
Flying in September and October.
The larvae feed on low plants when small, later consuming the leaves of various trees and shrubs.
It occurs most commonly in the southern half of England and Wales, becoming scarcer further north. It is rare in Scotland and Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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