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Horse Chestnut
Pachycnemia hippocastanaria

(Hübner, [1799]) 1905 / 70.225

Davey, P., 2009: A local species restricted to the lowland heaths of southern England, the larva feeding on heather (Erica spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common to abundant on heathland. The moth has been observed in every month except December. The species appears to be double brooded, the first brood flying from mid-March to late April, with a second in July and August; the second brood is appreciably larger in number than the first. A significant number of moths are also on the wing during... Read More

Recorded in 26 (65%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1932.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Foodplant:   Heather and Cross-leaved Heath
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
21/10/201919SY98 Wareham
12/10/201919SY98 Wareham
02/10/201999SY98 Wareham
29/09/201919SY58 Abbotsbury
27/09/201919SY98 Wareham

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