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Red-headed Chestnut
Conistra erythrocephala ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2261 / 73.198
Photo © Graham Wenman

Similar Norfolk Species
Conistra vaccinii
Dark Chestnut
Conistra ligula
Forewing: 16mm.
Flight: One generation Sept-Nov. (Mar-April)
Foodplant:   Oaks, elms, Hornbeam.
Red List: Regionally Extinct (RE)
GB Status: Extinct / Immigrant
Former Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
Rare immigrant.
Arriving very late in the year, with Norfolk records from October to late November.
Larger than the other 'Chestnuts', Red-headed Chestnut has two or three small black markings in the orbicular stigma, which are characteristic.

Only four Norfolk records. Wells in Oct 1945.(G. Todd), First VC27 record at Little Melton in November 2011 (P. Kitchener, 25/11/11) Paston in November 2020 (L. Nicholson, 08/11/20) Cley in 2023 (M. Harcup, 22/10/23)

Recorded at Bradwell, Norfolk, East Suffolk VC25 record in 2010 (K. Knights, 08/10/2010)

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 4 (5%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1945.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/10/2023127TG04 - Blakeney/Cley
08/11/2020127TG33 - Bacton
25/11/2011127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
28/10/1945128TF94 - Wells/Stiffkey
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