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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 10-11mm.

Foodplant: Lichens and mosses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291883190418831978
Year last recorded20142014201420142005
Number of records690215263
Number of individuals24011202826
Unique positions26212122
Unique locations29212122
Adult records688214253
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 736 records from 57 sites. First recorded in 1883.


72.037 Round-winged Muslin 04
© Andy Nunn
72.037 Round-winged Muslin 03
© Dave Shenton
72.037 Round-winged Muslin 02
© Damian Money
72.037 Round-winged Muslin 01
© Charles Fletcher, 26 Jul 2002

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Appears to have spread considerably since the last list (YNU, 1970). However it has been suggested (PQW pers. comm.) that it is being confused with N. mundana (Linnaeus), since many sites are not marsh or fenland, the typical habitat for this species.

Current status (CHF, 2011): Still not uncommon at Spurn and in other areas such as north of Ripon and Askham Bog, but numbers have gradually decreased. The only Footman to be declining.

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