The Moths of Suffolk
2265 Flounced Chestnut, Agrochola helvola, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, scrub, heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late September to early November

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees

Morley's Final Catalogue : Strictly locally common on sugar and ivy-blossom. Bentley, Needham, Brandeston, Swefling, Aldeburgh, Beccles, Lowestoft (ante 1890). Bentley Woods, very numerous on sugar (Mly, Elliott, Baylis); Waldringfield, scarce on ivy (Wlr); Gorleston and in 1935 at Frostenden, singly on ivy (Mr). Mildenhall in 1936 (Gd).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-18mm, Wingspan 38-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBeaded Chestnut, Agrochola lychnidis

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Barnhamcross Common (13.x.2001) © A Prichard
Veryan, Cornwall (5.x.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (6.x.2009) © Neil Sherman