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Small Dotted Footman
Pelosia obtusa
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Dotted Footman
Pelosia muscerda

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2041 / 72.039

Morley's Final Catalogue: Confined to E. Anglia, outside central Europe; a fen species with us. Lakenheath, beside the Little Ouse river (Eedle's 'Fenland' 1878, p. 591). Beaten from alder-bushes in Barnby Broad on 11 August 1898 (Mly); one in Bishop's Ipswich house on 5 Aug. 1931 (Whit); at light on Fritton Lake in mid-Aug. 1934 (D) and 1936 (Mr).

Recent Status: Recorded virtually annually in recent years. Most often noted along the coast suggesting immigration. Regular records from Dunwich, Minsmere, Bawdsey, Hollesley and Ipswich Golf Course this century along with other sporadic sightings.

It is possible this species has colonised parts of the county although this theory remains unproven.

Identification: Compare with the smaller and squatter Small Dotted Footman.

Habitat: Fens.

Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1878.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/08/2021125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
11/07/2021425TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
15/08/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
14/08/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
11/08/2020125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
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Forewing: 13-16mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Unknown probably algae and lichens on reed and plant litter
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Nationally Rare
Former Status: Red Data Book
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2022. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2022. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2022
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