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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

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 recorded193419831934
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records18922422
Number of individuals520331106
Unique positions976206
Unique locations756162
Adult records18221406
Immature records204

For the region, we have a total of 422 records from 162 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1934.


2039 Red-necked Footman 06
© Paul Harris
2039 Red-necked Footman 05
© Phyl England
2039 Red-necked Footman 04
© Martin Cade, 3 Jun 2011
2039 Red-necked Footman 03
© Paul Harris
2039 Red-necked Footman 02
© Tom Morris
2039 Red-necked Footman 01
© Terry Box, 18 Jun 2005

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to southern and south-western Britain, the larva feeding on lichens growing on oak (Quercus spp.), beech (Fagus sylvatica) and conifers. In Dorset, "an insect of most uncertain appearance, which occasionally occurs in large numbers." (W Parkinson-Curtis ms). The species appears to be well established within mature oak woods and conifer plantations at the present time: Yellowham Wood, six larvae in actinic light trap on 6 October 1998 (D Hallett). The moth takes to the wing above the forest canopy on sunny days, and undoubtedly disperses over short distances: Bottlebush Down, in flight five metres above ground at midday in warm sunshine over an arable field and four-hundred downwind from mixed woodland on 24 June 2003 (P Davey). Occasional light trap records of adults well away from core habitat suggest occasional medium-range dispersal too: West Bexington, a massive total of ninety-five on 1 July 2006 (R Eden), Durlston, two on 15 June 2004 (Dr J Clarke).

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