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Similar Norfolk Species: None
 
Dot Moth
2155 Melanchra persicariae
(Linnaeus, 1761) 73.270
Norfolk status
The dot moth, which flies from July to August, has bluish black wings with a distinctive white spot (the dot). It can be found in a variety of habitats but actually prefers gardens and suburban waste ground.

The smooth green caterpillars with white side stripes appear from August to October. These feed on many wild and garden plants and also, reportedly, on sallow, elder and larch saplings. There is an apparent fondness for Japanese anemone, Anemone japonica, and lupin. The moth is widespread in England and common especially in the south.

Recorded in 67 (97%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2013.

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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
31/10/2013128TF93 - Fakenham/Walsingham
22/10/2013127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
06/10/20131527TG20 - Norwich
01/10/2013128TF93 - Fakenham/Walsingham
30/09/20131227TG20 - Norwich
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Forewing: 16-21mm.
Season: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Nat Status: Common
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