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Four-spotted Footman
Lithosia quadra

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2051 / 72.041

Morley's Final Catalogue: Formerly of occasional occurrence in many of our larger woods: Old Hall Wood in 1858 (Trans.i,26); Belstead, Playford, Brandon, Bury, Glemham Magna, Aldeburgh, Lowestoft: ante 1890. Aldeburgh in 1892 (Ctw); two at Tuddenham 1900 (Sparke); Hardwick (Norgate); Beccles (Adds). Now unrecorded for fully thirty years, but most improbably extinct.

Recent Status: Local resident and immigrant. The fortunes of this species have turned around with likely resident populations now established in the Lowestoft and Minsmere areas.

Identification: The male is much larger than all other footman and the female unmistakable.

Habitat: Broad-leaved woodland.

Recorded in 20 (34%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1858.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/08/2021125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
06/08/2021125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
29/07/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
18/07/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
16/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: M 18-22mm. F 20-26mm.
Flight: One generation July-Sept.
Foodplant:   Dog Lichen and other lichens
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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