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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, Jul-Aug

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 recorded190519851905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records16431533592
Number of individuals955990620930
Unique positions27124590
Unique locations17421390
Adult records15511523406
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 3592 records from 390 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2047 Scarce Footman 04
© Julian Francis
2047 Scarce Footman 03
© Dave Foot
2047 Scarce Footman 01 and Hoary Footman (right)
© Martin Cade, 21 Jul 2005
2047 Scarce Footman 02
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species with a general distribution over southern Britain, the larva feeding on lichens. In Dorset, the moth occupies a range of different biotypes. It is abundant on dry heathland, locally common among sand dunes, fens, salterns and damp woods, and frequent on dry unimproved grassland on chalky soils. There are very few records from Portland and from the west Dorset coast. Although the moth is on the wing during July and August, the following were likely to have been second brood examples: Arne Wood, at MV light on 24 September 1977, 30 September 1986, 14 October 1990 (B Pickess).

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