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Summary Data

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.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Algae and lichens on woody plants.

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 recorded1970200819821970
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records9321661998
Number of individuals388213088382
Unique positions160114350
Unique locations120112266
Adult records9051641940
Immature records1002

For the region, we have a total of 1998 records from 266 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1970.


2040 Four-dotted Footman 05
© Julian Francis
2040 Four-dotted Footman 04
© Gillian Nash, June 2015
2040 Four-dotted Footman 03
© Dave Foot
2040 Four-dotted Footman 02
© Tom Morris
2040 Four-dotted Footman 01
© Terry Box, 10 Jul 2005

Species Account

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.

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