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Dark Chestnut
Conistra ligula (Esper, 1791)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2259 / 73.195
Photo © Dave Appleton,  08/10/2013 - Bawdeswell

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Similar Norfolk Species
Conistra vaccinii
Forewing: 13-15mm.
Flight: One generation Oct-Feb.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn, sallows, oaks, docks.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Similar, but less common and not as frequently recorded as Chestnut (C. vaccinii).
Overwinters as an adult, woodland and open habitats, gardens

Usually dark chestnut or chocolate brown and shiny in appearance. Distinguished from Chestnut by the pointed or sharp wing tip (apex) and straighter outer edge (termen) of the forewing.
The differences are slight and care is needed.

Recorded in 57 (83%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1840.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
19/03/2020127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
18/03/2020127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
15/03/2020227TM18 - Diss
11/03/2020127TG33 - Bacton
10/03/2020127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
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