Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Flounced Chestnut
Anchoscelis helvola

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2265 / 73.188
=Agrochola helvola

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, commonest in the south-east, scarcest in the north, the larva feeding on various deciduous trees, and in the north on bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and heather (Calluna vulgaris). In Dorset, the moth has become distinctly local, at low density and declining across its remaining two distinct biotypes. These are dry heathland on sandy soil, for example at Arne and at Matchams, and unimproved grassland on chalky soil, for example inland on Melbury... Read More

Recorded in 20 (50%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1929.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-18mm
Flight: September - October
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees also Heather and Bilberry
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
24/10/201919SY49 Bridport
02/10/201919SY98 Wareham
21/08/2019+9SZ07 Swanage
23/10/201819SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
15/10/201819SY79 Puddletown

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