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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Lichens.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1904184220061883
Year last recorded2014201420142014
Number of records2343823913
Number of individuals11156644312
Unique positions517586
Unique locations547526
Adult records2341823912
Immature records2000

For the county, we have a total of 2603 records from 119 sites. First recorded in 1842.


72.046 Scarce Footman 06
© Terry Box, 3 Aug 2019
72.046 Scarce Footman 05
© Andy Nunn
72.046 Scarce Footman 04
© Dave Shenton
72.046 Scarce Footman 03
© Damian Money
72.046 Scarce Footman 02
© Dave Williamson
72.046 Scarce Footman 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species was mentioned from several sites by Porritt (1883-86, 1904) however, the authors of the last list (YNU, 1970) decided that these records actually referred to E. sericea (Gregson) and listed all their records as such. Current opinion is that E. sericea, if it is a separate species at all, probably does not occur in the County and so the old records are referable to E. complana. There are also several recent records confirming this species' presence in the County. [Several records are mentioned at Spurn from 1970 onwards].

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC63. Rossington, 3.7.2002 (RIH). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): The spread of this species has been interesting. Following the first record at Spurn in 1970, there was no spread to other parts of the county for 36 years, in fact the first 1200 county records were from Spurn. In 2006 records started appearing in the south-east corner of VC63 and the following year it appeared further up the coast in VC61. It is now slowly advancing north west at a rate of about 5 kilometres a year.

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