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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Very rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: M 18-22mm. F 20-26mm.

Foodplant: Dog Lichen and other lichens.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2006188318831875
Year last recorded2014188318831984
Number of records5213
Number of individuals4002
Unique positions4213
Unique locations4213
Adult records5213
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 11 records from 10 sites. First recorded in 1875.


72.041 Four-spotted Footman 02 male
© Ian Marshall, 6 Oct 2013
72.041 Four-spotted Footman 01 female
© Dave Williamson, 10 Sept 2012

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There have only been two specimens of this rare migrant from the South of England or the Continent since Porritt (1883-86), when odd specimens had occurred in vice-counties 62 to 64. On map 67 in MBGBI 9, between one and three are shown to have been recorded in VC63 between 1940 and 1978.

2012 (CHF): There have been two more records in the migrant influx of 2006, Muston on 14.9.2006 and Rudston on 17.9.2006.

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