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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: RDB3

Local Status: Very rare migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 11-12mm.

Foodplant: Algae on dead wood.

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 recorded19831983
Year last recorded20052005
Number of records48
Number of individuals48
Unique positions48
Unique locations48
Adult records48
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 8 records from 8 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1983.


2041 Dotted Footman 02
© Paul Harris
2041 Dotted Footman 01
© Jack Oughton 27th August 2013

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: Only known to occur in the Norfolk Broads, otherwise a very rare immigrant, the larva probably feeding on lichens and algae growing on sallow (Salix spp.) and plant litter. The species occurs throughout mainland Europe except north-west France and Iberia. In Dorset, four examples have been recorded at light traps, all suspected immigrants: Walditch, on 8 August 2004 (M Parsons), Arne Wood, on 9 August 1983 (B Pickess), Woolgarston, on 12 July 1995 (D Burt), Badbury Rings, on 4 September 2005 (P Davey).

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