Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Fairly common but restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
Foodplant: Algae and lichens on woody plants.
|Year first recorded||1970||2008||1982||1970|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011||2011|
|Number of records||932||1||66||1998|
|Number of individuals||3882||1||308||8382|
For the region, we have a total of 1998 records from 266 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1970.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern England and Wales, more local further north, the larva feeding on lichens growing on heather (Calluna vulgaris and Erica spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common on heathland, and, in addition to a lichens-on-heather diet, larvae have also been found feeding on the petals of gorse (Ulex spp.) that have fallen to the ground: Trigon, Barrow Gallop 10 May 2000 (P Davey). The Four-dotted Footman also colonises woods and grassland elsewhere across the county. In these situations, the flowers of herbaceous plants such as Asteraceae may well host larvae as they do on the Continent.