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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Lichens.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records8614267520073465848
Number of individuals68484157796327224585139
Unique positions19618621423966
Unique locations19317720424762
Adult records8550262719563302839
Immature records288284

For the county, we have a total of 17609 records from 883 sites. First recorded in 1883.


72.045 Common Footman 04 larva
© Andy Nunn
72.045 Common Footman 03
© Andy Nunn
72.045 Common Footman 02
© Dave Williamson, 1 July 2010
72.045 Common Footman 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded and often common in all five vice-counties. Generally most frequent away from industrial areas although it now occurs regularly on the outskirts of Leeds where lichens are still much affected by air pollution. It has also recently been found quite commonly just to the west of Sheffield (D. Whiteley per JP).

2012 (CHF): Now common and widespread across all five vice-counties and like most members of this genus, increasing in numbers.

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