The Chestnut - Conistra vaccinii

Alternative names
Chestnut Moth

Wingspan 28-36 mm. There are a number of variations, but all show a distinctive rounded wing shape.

Identification difficulty

Broad-leaved woodland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens.

When to see it

Occurs in the winter, with moths appearing any time from September to May, especially in mild conditions and can be found visiting Willow in early spring.

Life History

The larvae feed on the foliage of a range of trees, including Birch and Oak.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain and one of our commoner species nationally. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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

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