The Moths of Suffolk
2261 Red-headed Chestnut, Conistra erythrocephala, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Rare immigrant; transitory resident

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late September to November, over-wintering to re-emerge in March and April. Most British records have been made in the autumn.

Larval foodplants : Possibly on young leaves of oak, elm and hornbeams as a young larva, later feeding on low-growing plants, Dandelion, plantains, bedstraws and violets

Records : Bawdsey (M Deans, 2.xi.2004, 25.xi.2004,12.x.2006 & 6.xi.2008)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed

Wingspan details : Forewing 16mm, Wingspan 34-42mm


Confusion species
    AdultChestnut, Conistra vaccinii
Dark Chestnut, Conistra ligula

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Bawdsey (2.xi.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart

Life history chart
larva larva imago imago imago no datano data

Further Photographs

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ab. glabra - Bradwell, Suffolk (8.x.2010) © Keith Knights
Bawdsey (2.xi.2004) © M Deans
Bawdsey, Suffolk (25.xi.2004) © M Deans
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ab. glabra - Bawdsey, Suffolk (12.x.2006) © Matthew Deans