Beaded Chestnut - Agrochola lychnidis


The species is quite variable and there are a number of named forms.

Similar Species

Lunar Underwing is often similar, but Beaded Chestnut has narrower shaped orbicular stigma and usually 3 dark spots on the front of the thorax.

Identification difficulty

Common in broad-leaved woodland, scrub, hedgerows, grassland, heathland and gardens.

When to see it

Flying in September and October.

Life History

The larvae feed on low plants when small, later consuming the leaves of various trees and shrubs.

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map