The Moths of Suffolk
1905 Horse Chestnut, Pachycnemia hippocastanaria, (Hübner, 1799)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Heathland

Flight Period : Double-brooded; April to May and August

Larval foodplants : Heather, Cross-leaved Heather

Records : No recent records

Comments : The county has a reasonable amount of heathland but recent recording activity has failed to uncover this species.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Surprisingly little known with us, where heather is so wide spread adown the coast as well as in the north-west, with scattered patches elsewhere. No extension of the Revd. A. H. Wratislaw's discovery of this southern species' presence at Aldeburgh, where he took several specimens about 1870, is yet observed. Suffolk limits its range.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 28-32mm


Confusion species : None

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Dorset (31.vii.2003) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Las Descargues, France. (vi.2007) © Neil Sherman