Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Rare and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
|Year first recorded||2004||1842||2010||2007||2007|
|Year last recorded||2014||2012||2014||2014||2007|
|Number of records||53||20||17||11||1|
|Number of individuals||48||24||19||12||1|
For the county, we have a total of 102 records from 56 sites. First recorded in 1842.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded since Porritt (1883-86). He only had a single locality, York (VC61/62/64), taken by R. Cook and referenced to 'Newman's Entom., Feb., 1842'.
Argus 54, 2007: Further spread this year into VCs 64 and 65.
VC64. Laver Banks MoD, 20.6.2007 (CHF, JCW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 11.6.2007 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
Current status (CHF, 2011): Porritt only mentioned the one record as above in 1842. Mr Cook's collecting was done at various sites "within five or six miles of the city" and the entry in The Entomologist in 1842 unfortunately gives just the name of the moth and no more details. A major population expansion in the 1990s through the Midlands led to the moth colonising Yorkshire. Initial records in 2004 from Sand Hutton, Spurn and Rudston were followed by many more records in the centre of the county and in VC61. Larvae of all the true (Lithosiinae) Footmen feed on lichens and have done well and expanded their range in the last ten years. This follows on from the recolonisation of the county by Scarce Footman in the 1970s and Dingy and Buff Footman in the 1980s, all of which have consolidated their position and further expanded their range.