Dot Moth

Melanchra persicariae


Wingspan 37 - 40mm. The fore-wings are glossy black with a white kidney-shaped dot on them.


Woodland, woodland edge, hedgerows and other open habitats. The larvae feed on a wide range of woody and herbaceous plants, including nettles, bindweeds, dock and willows.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout most of southern Britain. Rare in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.