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Four-spotted Footman
Lithosia quadra

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2051 / 72.041

Davey, P., 2009: A rare and decreased species whose range has contracted markedly in recent years; it is only truly resident in Cornwall and Devon, the larva feeding on lichens growing on the trunks and branches of oak (Quercus spp.) and other tree species. In Dorset, the moth has historically been a transient colonist of deciduous or mixed woodland, but it has always been very local: "Found locally and sparingly in the north and east." (Reverend E Bankes). "Usually scarce or very rare, but... Read More

Recorded in 34 (85%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: M 18-22mm. F 20-26mm.
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Dog Lichen and other lichens
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
23/10/201919SY79 Puddletown
22/10/201919SY98 Wareham
13/10/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
11/10/201919SY79 Puddletown
08/10/201919SY49 Bridport

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