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Four-dotted Footman
Cybosia mesomella

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2040 / 72.038

Morley's Final Catalogue: Rare; near Ipswich (Harwood), Bentley (Garrett), Beccles (Crf): ante 1890. Beccles, one in 1922 (Gls); Blythburgh, common (Btn). Larvae frequent under boards on mud, North Cove great carr, April 1935; but imago never seen in Suffolk (Mly).

Recent Suffolk Status: Locally common in the Breck and parts of the Sandlings.

Life history: Single-brooded in the summer.

Identification: Broad whitish fore-wings with black dots render this species easy to identify.

Habitat: Heathland, damp grassland and fens.

Recorded in 29 (50%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1922.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/08/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
23/07/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
22/06/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
21/06/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
16/06/2023126TL97 - Hopton/Ixworth
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 13-16mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Algae and lichens on woody plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2023. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023
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