The Moths of Suffolk
2155 Dot Moth, Melanchra persicariae, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Gardens, hedgerows, fens, open woodland, scrub, heathland, grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous and woody plants - found locally on Mugwort, Blackthorn

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring also Cabbage Moth) at Sudbury in 1836 (Ent. Mag. iv, 223); and still abound throughout the County. Of the later (Dot Moth), imagines are sometimes a pest at light in Ipswich and larvae in great profusion (Ransom) at Sudbury.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-21mm, Wingspan 38-50mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (8.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Roydon, Norfolk (ix.2005) © Helen Smith
Feeding on Hybrid Lime - Great Livermere, Suffolk (15.ix.2006) © Lee Gregory
 
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Larva beaten from Blackthorn - Great Livermere, Suffolk (15.ix.2012) © A Prichard
Beaten from Wild Clematis - Pound Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk (15.ix.2013) © Neil Sherman