Dark Chestnut - Conistra ligula
Wingspan 30 to 38 mm.
Similar to The Chestnut (C. vaccinii), but can be told by the S-shaped outer edge to the forewing, which is more rounded in C. vaccinii.
Woodland and more open country including farmland.
It flies in October and November, and only occasionally later in the winter.
The larvae initially feed on the catkins and leaves of willows and other trees, but later on herbaceous plants.
Quite frequent, though lesIn a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.s common than The Chestnut, and with a more southerly distribution. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).
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