Thursday, 16 July 2015

Dotty

It's amazing what turns up in the back garden from time to time. Often, these interlopers take the form of insects and a couple of days ago, I found this, hiding under the watering can rose.
Following some extensive searching on-line, I think I have identified it correctly as a Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae).
Common and widespread in Britain, it is a frequent visitor to urban gardens. Their larvae feeding on many of our garden plants. Two years ago, we had a caterpillar of this species in the garden...
... but this is the first adult I've seen.
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