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73.188 (BF2265)

Flounced Chestnut   

Anchoscelis helvola
Adult: 2
Resident. Scarce.


The variable brown ground colour of the forewing, with wide dark reddish-brown bands at the base and termen should aid identification.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae present April to June, being most active at night. Later constructing a cocoon underground with pupation about two months later.

Larval foodplants

Birches, elms, oaks and willows.


Broadleaved woodland, heathland and moorland. Regularly feeds on bramble berries.


Lennon (1863) stated that it was rather common and that it had occurred at Terregles (VC72). Gordon (1913) had found it fairly common. It also came to sugar in the woods and on sugared posts on the moor at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire. Earliest date was 6th September 1910.

Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn and Tynron (VC72).

In 1977 there was one record from all of the Rothamsted stations, namely Gatehouse of Fleet, on 23rd September. On the Hensol Estate another was trapped on 8th September 1981. Two more records occurred in 2003 at Garheugh (VC74) in August, and Aucheninnes Moss (VC73) in September, while on 27th September 2010 one was trapped at Old Torr, Auchencairn Bay.

27 record(s) from 13 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2017 2021 2021

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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