|Small China-mark (Cataclysta lemnata)|
|Small China-mark (illustration male and female)|
The hand-coloured illustration from British Moths and their Transformations (Westwood and Humphreys) shows the male and female Small China-mark
|Least Carpet (Idaea rusticata)|
|Least Carpet Moths (male and female illustration)|
|Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae)|
Another moth that hasn't been recorded at Shandy Hall is the Dot Moth (Melanchra persicariae) despite the fact that it is fairly common and the numbers are stable. This moth could well turn up in the garden at Shandy Hall or perhaps in the gardens of the Yorkshire Museum where we will be moth-trapping tomorrow night. The 'catch' can be seen if you happen to be passing through the gardens on Wednesday between 8 and 9.30 in the morning.
|Dot Moth with food plant and caterpillar (illustration)|
The illustration shows the Dot Moth (Fig 11) beneath the caterpillar which is climbing up the stem of the food plant. Persicariae, part of the scientific name, refers to Polygonum persicaria. There seems to be some confusion regarding the classification of this plant as it is also included in the Bistort family. The vernacular names of this plant are many - Adderwort, Pink Pokers, Twice-writhen, Passion Dock, Oysterloit and Easter Ledger to name but six.