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Dotted Footman
Pelosia muscerda
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Small Dotted Footman
Pelosia obtusa

(Herrich-Schäffer, 1852) 2042 / 72.040

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not recorded in the country during Morley's time.

The first British records were from the Norfolk Broads in 1961.

Recent Status: The first county record came from Bawdsey Hall on the night of 03.08.2015 (M.J. Deans). Arriving on the same night as a Speckled Footman of the continental race arenaria - this moth was a likely immigrant. This is only the second record of an immigrant in the country, following one at Grain, Kent in 2006.

A second county record followed shortly, from North Cove SWT, on 07.07.2017 (SMG). This site is close to the only known British colonies in the Norfolk broads and occurred on a very warm night ideal for dispersal. The moth most likely wandered from there, although there must remain the possibility that the moth may have colonised this part of the county.

Identification: Compare with larger and slimmer Dotted Footman.

Habitat: Fens.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2015.
Last Recorded in 2019.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/07/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
07/07/2017125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
03/08/2015125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
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Forewing: 12-14mm.
Flight: One generation July.
Foodplant:   Unknown probably algae and lichens on reed and plant litter
Nat Status: Red Data Book
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
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