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Dot Moth
Melanchra persicariae (Linnaeus, 1761)
Noctuidae: Hadeninae
2155 / 73.270
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Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: 16-21mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
Common.
Flying from June to August, has bluish black wings with a distinctive white spot (the dot). It can be found in a variety of habitats including gardens and suburban waste ground.

Larvae August to October, feeding on many wild and garden plants and also, reportedly, on sallow, elder and larch saplings, Japanese anemone, Anemone japonica, and lupin.

Recorded in 67 (91%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/08/2021127TG50 - Yarmouth
13/08/2021128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
06/08/2021127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
05/08/2021128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
04/08/2021228TF62 - King's Lynn/Dersingham
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