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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Mar-mid May.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded195619831956
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records7082801976
Number of individuals23579876688
Unique positions14811318
Unique locations10811238
Adult records6772801914
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1976 records from 238 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


2139 Red Chestnut 02
© Julian Francis
2139 Red Chestnut 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is locally common in deciduous woodland and in mire habitat on heathland. Elsewhere it is at low density. The flight period varies according to how slow or advanced the season is.

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