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Dot Moth
Melanchra persicariae (Linnaeus, 1761)
Noctuidae: Hadeninae
2155 / 73.270
Photo © Matthew Casey,  19/07/2019 - Hethersett

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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
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 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/07/2020227TG30 - Brundall/Cantley
30/06/2020128TF81 - Castle Acre/Litcham
30/06/2020128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
30/06/2020127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
30/06/2020127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
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