The Moths of Suffolk
2259 Dark Chestnut, Conistra ligula, (Esper, 1791)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not infrequent

Habitats : Woodland and open habitats, gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late September to February, mostly recorded in October and November

Larval foodplants : Blackthorn, Hawthorn, sallows, oaks, docks and dandelion

Comments : Not as frequently recorded as Chestnut

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring also Chestnut) abundant throughout the County, the former rather the more prevalent.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 30-38mm


Confusion species
    AdultChestnut, Conistra vaccinii

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Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
12 19 4 4 6 100 42 38

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (7.x.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.x.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2008) © Neil Sherman