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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, Sep-May.

Forewing: 14-15mm.

Foodplant: Oaks, elms, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Birch and docks

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19401939184619401974
Year last recorded20142015201420152015
Number of records1224132311661736563
Number of individuals21233371315141671024
Unique positions789514815428
Unique locations799714315626
Adult records1216129711361674561
Immature records10100

For the county, we have a total of 6012 records from 501 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.195 Chestnut 02
© Andy Nunn
73.195 Chestnut 01
© Charlie Streets, 14 Oct 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread in woodlands in all five vice-counties and often quite common, especially in the south. Rather sporadic in other habitats.

2012 (CHF): A common species across all of the county. Commonest in woodland (eg 83 at Hackfall Woods on 23.3.12) but often coming into gardens. Take care not to confuse this moth with the less common Dark Chestnut. Moths in March/April are much more likely to be Chestnut.

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