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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 14-17mm.

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 recorded19052003200719821905
Year last recorded20112003200820112011
Number of records4373122239198
Number of individuals30327112136063400
Unique positions3711230808
Unique locations2681125590
Adult records3926122208298
Immature records10002

For the region, we have a total of 9198 records from 590 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2050 Common Footman 03
© Julian Francis
2050 Common Footman 02 larva
© Jack Oughton March 2012
2050 Common Footman 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species with a general distribution over England, Wales and eastern Scotland, the larva feeding on lichens growing on trees, shrubs, rocks, walls and fence posts. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common, and rises to abundant in unimproved grassland, but it is infrequent on open heathland.

The moth is similar in appearance to Scarce Footman2047. Diagnostics include: costal streak tapers off before reaching apex; wings held rather flat and not rolled around abdomen; ground colour blue-grey rather than silvery-grey.


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