Dark Chestnut - Conistra ligula

Description

Wingspan 30 to 38 mm. 

Similar Species

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.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Woodland and more open country including farmland.

When to see it

It flies in October and November, and only occasionally later in the winter.

Life History

The larvae initially feed on the catkins and leaves of willows and other trees, but later on herbaceous plants.

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

Reference
73.195 BF2259

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