Dot Moth - Melanchra persicariae

    Description

    Wingspan 37-40 mm. A dark coloured moth with distinctive pale dot on each wing.

    Habitat

    Frequenting a range of suburban habitats, including gardens, waste ground and roadside verges.

    When to see it

    The adults are on the wing in July and August, and frequently visit the garden moth-trap.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a wide range of garden and wild plants.

    UK Status

    Although very common and widespread in England and Wales, this species is almost unknown in Scotland, except in the extreme south of the country where it occurs scarcely. It is local in Ireland.In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    Reference
    73.270 BF2155

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map