The Moths of Suffolk
2139 Red Chestnut, Cerastis rubricosa, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, scrub, heathland, gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; March to mid-May

Larval foodplants : Little known; various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Probably quite common, and considered 'rare' in 1890 merely through dearth of April collectors. Certainly frequent enough in Bentley Woods (Mly, Baylis, Pyett) and at light in Ipswich. Recorded elsewhere from Stowmarket (C), Covehithe and Holton (Btn), Barsham (Gls), Beccles (Crowfoot), Fritton (Moore) and Beiton (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 32-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWhite-marked, Cerastis leucographa

Compare confusion species
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Eye (3.iv.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Scotland (iv.2004) © M Deans
Tunstall, Suffolk (iv.2003) © N Sherman
Barton Mills, Suffolk (11.iv.2005) © Lee Gregory
 
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Found on Bramble. - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman
Found on Bramble. - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman
Eye, Suffolk (2.iv.2009) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (28.iii.2010) © Neil Sherman