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Four-dotted Footman
Cybosia mesomella

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2040 / 72.038

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern England and Wales, more local further north, the larva feeding on lichens growing on heather (Calluna vulgaris and Erica spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common on heathland, and, in addition to a lichens-on-heather diet, larvae have also been found feeding on the petals of gorse (Ulex spp.) that have fallen to the ground: Trigon, Barrow Gallop 10 May 2000 (P Davey). The Four-dotted Footman also colonises woods and grassland elsewhere across the... Read More

Recorded in 38 (95%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-16mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Algae and lichens on woody plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
07/08/201919SY98 Wareham
01/08/201979SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
23/07/2019+9SY89 Bere Regis
22/07/201949SY89 Bere Regis
20/07/201919SY98 Wareham

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