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Dark Chestnut
Conistra ligula

(Esper, 1791) 2259 / 73.195
Photo © Dave Shenton,  - (left) with Chestnut

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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Quite widely distributed but only occasionally common and distinctly rare in some areas. This species seems to take the place of C. vaccinii (Linnaeus) in open country.

2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county but with a more patchy distribution than Chestnut and in general it is less of a woodland moth. Common in the autumn but much less common than Chestnut in the spring and recorded in smaller numbers. These two species can on occasions be tricky to tell apart. Dark Chestnut has a more pointed forewing and a more shiny appearance. It is usually but not always darker and some borderline cases may be best left undetermined.

Recorded in 115 (58%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1866.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 13-15mm
Flight: October - February
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn, sallows, oaks, and herbaceous plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/02/2023165SE37 - Ripon
03/01/2023165SE37 - Ripon
31/12/2022161TA07 - Hunmanby
25/12/2022161TA07 - Hunmanby
22/12/2022161TA07 - Hunmanby
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