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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Algae and lichens on woody plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1904195318831954
Year last recorded2014201420142011
Number of records491104710
Number of individuals434731948
Unique positions2427306
Unique locations1916306
Adult records41107468
Immature records1000

For the county, we have a total of 216 records from 71 sites. First recorded in 1883.


72.038 Four-dotted Footman 05
© Ken McCann, 19 Jun 2017
72.038 Four-dotted Footman 04
© David Ashton, 27 Jun 2014
72.038 Four-dotted Footman 03 f. flava
© Dave Shenton
72.038 Four-dotted Footman 02
© Ian Andrews
72.038 Four-dotted Footman 01
© Terry Box, 2 Aug 2008

Species Account

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.

2012 (CHF): Still local in central Yorkshire on heathland and in open woodland but numbers have increased a little in the last few years and we have recent records from some new sites. It can be quite numerous where it does occur eg 103 at Pilmoor on 2.7.2011.

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