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Dark Chestnut
Conistra ligula (Esper, 1791)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2259 / 73.195
Photo © Matthew Casey,  03/02/2021 - Hethersett

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Similar Norfolk Species
Conistra vaccinii
Forewing: 13-15mm.
Flight: One generation Oct-Feb.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn, sallows, oaks, docks.
Red List: LC (Least Concern)
Ex 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 (77%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1840.
Last Recorded in 2022.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/01/2022127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
08/01/2022227TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
02/01/2022227TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
01/01/2022128TF51 - Tilney/Wiggenhall
01/01/2022127TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
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