The Moths of Suffolk
2267 Beaded Chestnut, Agrochola lychnidis, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

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

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-September to mid-November

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : In profusion on sugar and ivy-blossom everywhere from Bentley to Burgh Castle. The latter at Wingfield, and abroad till 5 November 1932 at Monks Soham; Mildenhall in 1936.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-18mm, Wingspan 34-44mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSouthern Chestnut, Agrochola haematidea
Flounced Chestnut, Agrochola helvola
Brown-spot Pinion, Agrochola litura
Lunar Underwing, Omphaloscelis lunosa

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (7.x.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Thetford, Norfolk (10.x.2005) © Lee Gregory
Dark form - Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2005) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (4.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (8.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.ix.2014) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (28.x.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (3.x.2014) © Neil Sherman
Swanage, Dorset (18.x.2015) © Neil Sherman