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Summary Data

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.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Lichen.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20041842201020072007
Year last recorded20142012201420142007
Number of records532017111
Number of individuals482419121
Unique positions221212111
Unique locations211311101
Adult records532016111
Immature records00100

For the county, we have a total of 102 records from 56 sites. First recorded in 1842.


72.049 Orange Footman 02
© Andy Nunn
72.049 Orange Footman 01
© Charles Fletcher, 11 Jun 2007

Species Account

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.

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