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.
Foodplant: Withered leaves.
|Year first recorded||1892||1892|
|Year last recorded||1955||1955|
|Number of records||2||4|
|Number of individuals||5||10|
For the region, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1892.
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).