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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map