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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 10-12mm.

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 recorded188820081888
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records3741750
Number of individuals148912980
Unique positions931188
Unique locations771156
Adult records3101622
Immature records7014

For the region, we have a total of 750 records from 156 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1888.


2038 Muslin Footman 06
© James Watson
2038 Muslin Footman 05 pupa
© Jack Oughton
2038 Muslin Footman 04 larva
© Jack Oughton
2038 Muslin Footman 03
© Mike Hetherington, 31 July 2013
2038 Muslin Footman 02
© Jamie McMillan
2038 Muslin Footman 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

Similar species: 2035 Round-winged Muslin.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widely distributed species throughout Britain, but local in the south-east of its range, the larva feeding on small lichens growing on stones and on branches of trees in open situations. In Dorset, the moth is locally abundant along the Purbeck and west Dorset coasts, and on Portland. Elsewhere, the rather scattered nature of the records suggest dispersal from the coast on occasion.

The moth is similar to Round-winged Muslin2035. Diagnostics include: no chequered fringe on the edge of the forewing; a pair of near continuous lines on forewing (not dotted lines); prominent dot less than half-way across forewing close to inner continuous line (not more than half-way across forewing).


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