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Dotted Chestnut
Conistra rubiginea ([Denis & Schifferm?ller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2260 / 73.197
Photo © Keith Mitchell,  Stoke Goldington Garden 8th March 2022 Actinic Light

Similar Upper Thames Species: None
Foodplant:   Apple, probably other deciduous trees (not well-known in the wild)
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Widespread across the region. Formerly very local and restricted to the south, but has expanded in the 21st century (as elsewhere in southern England). Breeding sites are in woodland and wooded hedgerows, where the larva lives in association with the ant Lasius fuliginosus, which nests in old trees.

Recorded in 54 (69%) of 78 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1750.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
29/09/2022122SU87 - White Waltham
02/05/2022124SP90 - Chesham, Cholesbury
25/04/2022124SP80 - Wendover, Princes Risborough
20/04/2022122SU87 - White Waltham
18/04/2022124SP90 - Chesham, Cholesbury
Further info: Conistra rubiginea
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