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Red Chestnut
Cerastis rubricosa

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2139 / 73.336

General comments:
Widespread but local resident in Herts, apparently extremely local in Middlesex.

The Red Chestnut is a common species of the spring and is likely to be present wherever there is a Scot's Pine tree. The apparent lack of Middlesex records south of the line of the North London Woodlands is remarkable. Surely this must represent under-recording in the early part of the year?

Recorded in 27 (66%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/04/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
21/04/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
19/04/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
18/04/2023120TL31 - Hertford
17/04/2023120TL31 - Hertford
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Forewing: 14-17mm.
Flight: One generation Feb-April.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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