Dotted Clay - Xestia baja
Wingspan 35 to 40 mm.
This is a moth of woodland and heathland.
The adults fly in July and August in a single generation, and are frequently attracted to light.
The caterpillars hibernate when quite young, and in the spring feed nocturnally on Bog Myrtle, Bramble and other plants and trees.
A widespread and fairly common species throughout the British Isles. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).
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