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Four-dotted Footman
Cybosia mesomella

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2040 / 72.038
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Yorkshire Status: Local resident.

In 1907 Porritt commented "not uncommon on the heaths on the south-east side of the county", and this is still a fair summary. The vast majority of our records come from Strensall, Skipwith and Allerthorpe Commons, Thorne Moor and Pilmoor Carr, though over the years single moths have turned up at sites many miles away, so it may have some tendency to wander. Rarely it occurs in the extreme west of VC64, and these moths may be wanderers from the Morecambe Bay population. Counts can sometimes be quite large, for example 103 at Pilmoor on 2/7/2011. Like all Footmen, the larvae feed on lichens, in this case, lichens growing on heather.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Still found at its two best known Yorkshire sites, Skipwith and Strensall Commons. This species has been recorded from other sites in recent years and would appear to be getting less local.

Recorded in 28 (14%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 13-16mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Algae and lichens on woody plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/07/2023262SE66 - Strensall
15/07/2023162SE66 - Strensall
11/07/2023162SE66 - Strensall
05/07/2023162SE66 - Strensall
22/06/2023262SE57 - Easingwold (N)
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