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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Na

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident. No recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jun.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

Foodplant: Withered leaves.

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 recorded18921892
Year last recorded19551955
Number of records24
Number of individuals510
Unique positions12
Unique locations24
Adult records24
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1892.


2488 Common Fan-foot 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

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

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A declining species, previously local in southern Britain, now recorded from a few counties only, the larva feeding initially on the buds and later on the withered leaves of oak (Quercus spp.) on trees situated in open woodland. In Dorset, the moth was considered to be a rare resident found in a handful of woods mainly in the north-east of the county. Most post-1950 records alluding to this species have turned out to be the Fan-foot2489. Despite searches in all the localities where the moth was once seen, none have been found. The loss of sympathetically forested old oak and birch woodland, plus the lack of open aspect within the little that remains in the county, has no doubt sealed the fate of this unfortunately-named species. Although there are no recent records from the county, research is recommended in old oak woodland to locate the species. Information about the larval stage has only become known recently, and beating the lower boughs of oak when in bud during the spring months may yet reveal a colony: Bere Wood, (Reverend F Carr), four at light on 21 June 1955 (Dr H King, H Symes), Bloxworth, one in 1892 (O Pickard Cambridge), Studland, (Reverend C Digby), Cranborne, several (Reverend F Fisher).

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