Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak, birches, Hazel, Hawthorn and sallows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041964188318771883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records8985007621034176
Number of individuals11146599281495269
Unique positions10410716115917
Unique locations10810616315916
Adult records881494721978175
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 3370 records from 552 sites. First recorded in 1877.


72.055 Small Fan-foot 03
© Terry Box, 16 Jun 2018
72.055 Small Fan-foot 02
© Andy Nunn
72.055 Small Fan-foot 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Generally more frequent than H. tarsipennalis (Treitschke) but still not often common.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county. Numbers are stable. Usually recorded in smaller numbers than Fan-foot though it can be common at some sites eg 26 at Hackfall Woods on 9/7/2010.

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