The Moths of Suffolk
2258 Chestnut, Conistra vaccinii, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

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

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

Larval foodplants : oaks, elms, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Downy Birch and dock

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

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-15mm, Wingspan 28-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDark Chestnut, Conistra ligula
Red-headed Chestnut, Conistra erythrocephala

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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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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Ipswich, Suffolk (28.x.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (8.x.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (13.x.2009) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.x.2009) © Neil Sherman
On Ivy blossom - Ipswich, Suffolk (3.x.2012) © Neil Sherman
 
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Feeding on Ivy blossom - Ipswich, Suffolk (14.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (24.x.2017) © Paul Kitchener