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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 10-12mm.

Foodplant: Lichens.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19491883184718831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records59253521416107
Number of individuals78566559693245
Unique positions11592617036
Unique locations13602616436
Adult records5924645138499
Immature records01072

For the county, we have a total of 1887 records from 299 sites. First recorded in 1847.


72.036 Muslin Footman 03
© Andy Nunn
72.036 Muslin Footman 02
© Andrew Cockroft
72.036 Muslin Footman 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Rather local in Yorkshire, and rare in industrial areas where lichens are scarce. In the high pastures of the Dales the larvae live in dry stone walls, coming out at night to feed on the lichens on the stones.

2012 (CHF): This is very much a moth of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, especially in calcareous areas. In the south and east of the county it is much more unusual, though there are several records from Spurn. Sometimes it can be numerous eg 424 on 3.7.2009 on the YNU outing to Kettlewell.

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