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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-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 recorded1905200719701905
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records316811536644
Number of individuals103771261722012
Unique positions297122640
Unique locations226120494
Adult records270411525714
Immature records1002

For the region, we have a total of 6644 records from 494 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2044 Dingy Footman 02
© Dave Foot
2044 Dingy Footman 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern England and south Wales, the larva feeding on various lichens. In Dorset, the moth occurs in two quite different biotypes: it is common in damp situations such as fens, river valleys and wet woods, but also locally frequent on dry chalky soils. The moth is scarce on open heathland. Of the eighty-three examples trapped at Arne Wood Wood between 1974 and 1995, 54% were of the typical grey-winged form, and 46% referred to the yellow form ab. stramineola.

This latter form (ab. stramineola) is sometimes mistaken for Orange Footman. Diagnostics include: broader more curved forewing; length of forewing a third larger; adults in flight from July, not May or June.


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