The Moths of Suffolk
2037 Rosy Footman, Miltochrista miniata, (Forster, 1771)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Common in Breckland, Little Ouse valley and coastal areas

Habitats : Heathland scrub, woodland, scrub, carr

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to early August

Larval foodplants : Dog Lichen and other lichens on trunks and branches of oak and other trees

Morley's Final Catalogue : Distinctly local; usually only in woods. Bentley, Freston, Needham, Glemham Magna, Leiston, Lowestoft : ante 1890. Waldringfield (Wlr); Copdock in 1894-8 (Hkg); Belstead Wood, very common in 1899 (Platten); Bentley Woods rare, and singly at Wenhaston Heath and Barnby Broad (Mly) ; Henham (Btn) Fritton in 1934 (Mr). One yellow form at light at Bungay (Mn).

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-15mm, Wingspan 25-33mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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New Forest (1.vii.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Feeding on sugar. - New Forest, Hampshire (14.vii.2007) © Lee Gregory
VC25, Waveney Woods, Fritton, Suffolk (1.vii.2010) © Brian Jones
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (24.vi.2012) © Neil Sherman
Form flava - Bentley, Suffolk (29.vi.2012) © A Prichard
Yellow and red form - Bentley, Suffolk (29.vi.2012) © A Prichard
 
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Reduced black markings - Dunwich, Suffolk (25.ix.2014) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman