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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Lichens.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19881883197118862008
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records290017045217518
Number of individuals10772373176138122
Unique positions9545103305
Unique locations994489295
Adult records289716844915818
Immature records31100

For the county, we have a total of 3715 records from 266 sites. First recorded in 1883.


72.044 Dingy Footman 03 normal form and f.strameola
© Damian Money
72.044 Dingy Footman 06
© Andy Nunn
72.044 Dingy Footman 05 ab. stramineola
© Dave Shenton
72.044 Dingy Footman 04
© Damian Money
72.044 Dingy Footman 02 melanic
© Barry Spence, 20 Jul 2011
72.044 Dingy Footman 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Previously recorded as common in Raincliffe Wood, Scarborough (VC62) by T. Wilkinson (Porritt, 1883-86), none were recorded in Yorkshire in the present century until the single record given below [Spurn 1988]. However several were recorded in Lincolnshire in the 1960s and 1970s (Duddington & Johnson, 1983), so its reappearance is no great surprise.

Argus 56, 2008: An increase in records as this species spreads north and west. This year it has spread well into VC64 and can be found in all five vice-counties as we now have a record for VC65.
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 6.8.2008 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (CHF, 2011): From a few scattered locations in the 1990s, it is has now spread across the county apart from the western fringes.

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