Dotted Clay - Xestia baja


Wingspan 35 to 40 mm.

Identification difficulty

This is a moth of woodland and heathland.

When to see it

The adults fly in July and August in a single generation, and are frequently attracted to light.

Life History

The caterpillars hibernate when quite young, and in the spring feed nocturnally on Bog Myrtle, Bramble and other plants and trees.

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map