Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09601 Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula, (Esper, 1791)

BF2259 (ABH73.195)

Christophstal, October 2012
Christophstal, October 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Christophstal, October 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell

General Information

This species is similar, but less common than the Chestnut, C.vaccinii.

Overwinters as an adult.
Both sexes come to light but in small numbers only.

Forewing length: 13-15mm.
Foodplant(s): Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), sallows (Salix spp.), oaks (Quercus spp.), docks (Rumex spp.)
Flying: One generation, October-February (hibernates)
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Not endangered


Woodland and open habitats and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

Last recorded in August 2015

Recorded date range (Flying/Adult): 31 August to 18 October

Similar Species
Christophstal, April 2013
Christophstal, April 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii

Larva Type:
Brown, grey, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: