ABH 73.228

Grey Chi Antitype chi

BF 2254

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32-37 mm.


A predominantly northern species, being commonest in central and north-west England and Wales, but occurring locally in southern England. It is locally common in Scotland and Ireland.

Forewings are greyish white marked with darker and irregular antemedian and postmedian lines. The stigmata are similarly coloured and outlined with a darker line. There is also a small black mark at the mesial end of the orbicular stigmata. The subterminal line is darker and irregular. Hindwings white in male, light grey in female with darker veining; fringe white

Key Identification Features:

Marbled appearance when at rest
Black mark at the mesial end of the orbicular stigmata
White hindwings


Life Cycle

The single generation flies in August and September, when it comes to light. The adults like to rest on walls and rocks, where they can be very inconspicuous.Larva feeds on Broad-leaved Dock, Curled Dock, Sheep's Sorrel and Common Sorrel, over-wintering as an egg.



A species that is generally associated with upland grassland and heathland, but in recent times it has been found in gardens and other suburban habitats Moorland and grassy hillsides are the preferred habitats, and the larvae feed on a number of low-growing plants and shrubs.





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