Noctuidae: Noctuinae

10224 Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

BF2139 (ABH73.336)

Christophstal, April 2018
Christophstal, April 2018
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Christophstal, April 2018
 Photo © Peter Bissell

General Information

This species appears during the first warm days of March and April.


Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 14-17mm.
Foodplant(s): bedstraws (Galium spp.), sallows (Salix spp.), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, late February-April
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Not endangered


Broadleaved woodland, scrub, heathland, gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Baden-Württemberg.

Last recorded in April 2018

Recorded date range (Flying/Adult): 18 April to 18 April

Larva Type:
Brown, red, black, white, yellow
No. of Proleg Pairs: