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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Lichen.

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 recorded193819881938
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records7721251794
Number of individuals35983097814
Unique positions2057424
Unique locations1417296
Adult records7351241718
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 1794 records from 296 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1938.


2043 Orange Footman 03
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© Tom Morris
2043 Orange Footman 01
© Terry Box, 22 May 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring in southern England and south-east Wales, the larva feeding on lichens growing on the branches and the trunks of oak (Quercus spp.) and beech (Fagus sylvatica). In Dorset, the moth is resident in mature oak woodland and beech plantation, and is locally common in such places. The moth is seldom encountered away from deciduous woodland, however, the light trap record below is an exception, during a north-easterly airflow: Portland, on 14 May 1998 (M Cade).

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