Noctuidae: Hadeninae

2155 (ABH73.270) Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae, (Linnaeus, 1761)

KR09984

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
on raspberry, Great Staughton
on raspberry, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
on raspberry, Great Staughton
on raspberry, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Cambridge
Cambridge
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey, 5th instar larva, ex Aspen suckers Aug 2015.
Hemingford Grey, 5th instar larva, ex Aspen suckers Aug 2015.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey, 4th instar larva, ex Aspen suckers Aug 2015.
Hemingford Grey, 4th instar larva, ex Aspen suckers Aug 2015.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey, ex larva Aspen suckers Aug 2015. Pupa - male.
Hemingford Grey, ex larva Aspen suckers Aug 2015. Pupa - male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey, ex larva Aspen suckers Aug 2015. Pupa - male.
Hemingford Grey, ex larva Aspen suckers Aug 2015. Pupa - male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 16-21mm.
Foodplant(s): Common Nettle (Urtica dioica), Common Hop (Humulus lupulus), Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), Broad-leaved Dock (Rumex obtusifolius), groundsels (Senecio spp.), White Clover (Trifolium repens), Ivy (Hedera helix), Hazel (Corylus avellana), Elder (Sambucus nigra), willows (Salix spp.), broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, late June-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Gardens, hedgerows and open woodland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 113 (41.9%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 30 April to 15 September

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 04 May to 31 October



Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, brown, yellow, pink
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5