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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak, birches, Hazel, Hawthorn and sallows.

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 recorded197019701970
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records1175512452
Number of individuals1675543458
Unique positions21610452
Unique locations16611354
Adult records1042492182
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2452 records from 354 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1970.


2492 Small Fan-foot 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis (Fan-foot).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England and Wales, more local in Scotland, the larva feeding on the living, withered and fallen leaves of oak (Quercus spp.), and other trees, and bramble (Rubus fruticosus). In Dorset, the moth is frequent to common in deciduous scrub and wooded habitats. The national norm is for a single brood between mid-June and early August, but an additional bivoltine cycle is suspected commencing late-May and ending in late August. The following record refers to a very late individual trapped at a time of notable immigrant activity. The date is discussed in the account of the Dusky-lemon Sallow2275: Hurn, at MV light on 14 October 2001 (M Jeffes).

The moth is similar to Fan-foot2489. Diagnostics include: a straight innermost cross-line; outermost cross-line bisects apex; 25% smaller in size.


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