Dot Moth - Melanchra persicariae


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

Identification difficulty

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)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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