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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Withered fallen leaves from oaks, Beech. etc

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 recorded1905200719701905
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records17481603618
Number of individuals278211065778
Unique positions243116520
Unique locations193115418
Adult records15401583198
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 3618 records from 418 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2489 Fan-foot 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 2488 Pechipogo strigilata (Common Fan-foot) and 2492 Herminia grisealis (Small Fan-foot).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, more local further north, the larva feeding on the withered leaves of various tree, shrub and plant species. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and at low density, but frequent amongst scrub, hedgerow and wooded habitats. The moth is on the wing over a relatively protracted period between mid-June and mid-August, with several instances of late-May and early-June individuals too.

This species is similar to Common Fan-foot2488. Diagnostics include: a relatively dark hindwing and forewing; smooth ground colour; line towards edge of forewing smoothly curved.


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