Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very scarce migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Lichens.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded19901990
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records3876
Number of individuals58116
Unique positions1734
Unique locations1428
Adult records3468
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 76 records from 28 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1990.


2045 Hoary Footman 04
© Paul Harris
2045 Hoary Footman 03 and Scarce Footman (left)
© Martin Cade, 21 Jul 2005
2045 Hoary Footman 02
© Martin Cade, 21 Aug 2009
2045 Hoary Footman 01
© Terry Box, 26 Sep 2006

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to the coasts of south-west England and west Wales, the larva feeding on lichens growing on rocks. In Dorset, the moth has been recorded on thirty-three occasions with just under half of these seen during the summer of 2004; all are suspected immigrants. The moth occurs across much of Iberia, north-west Africa, central and eastern Europe.

It is rather similar in appearance to the Scarce Footman2047. Diagnostics include: lack of contrast between costal streak colour and forewing colour; costal streak light grey not yellow.


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