Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis
Adult • Monk's Wood NNR, Cambs. • ©

73.186 BF2267
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Wingspan 30-35 mm.

An autumnal species, flying in September and October, and a regular visitor to the mercury vapour light. The species is quite variable and there are a number of named forms.

It occurs most commonly in the southern half of England and Wales, becoming scarcer further north. It is rare in Scotland and Ireland.

The larvae feed on low plants when small, later consuming the leaves of various trees and shrubs.
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