The Moths of Suffolk
2038 Muslin Footman, Nudaria mundana, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce, mainly restricted to a few sites in eastern and north-eastern parts of the county

Habitats : Deciduous woodland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to early August

Larval foodplants : Lichens on bushes, stones, rocks and posts

Comments : Sometimes confused with Round-winged Muslin

Records : Rendham (M Farrow, 16.vii.1994; M Deans, 2002-6), Weston (N Muddeman, 1997, 1999-2006), Reydon (A Cornish, 1999), Wrentham (SMG, 24.vii.2000), Easton Broad (SMG, 23.vii.2004), Dunwich Heath (D Brougham & C Moore, 13 & 15.vii.2005), Kessingland (A Prichard & M Deans, 21.vii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Anything but common. Recorded from Needham, Blaxhall, Aldeburgh, Beccles and Yarmouth : ante 1890; Hemley in 1904 (Wlr); Henham and Wrentham in 1936 (Gd); but never seen by me through forty years (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 19-23mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRound-winged Muslin, Thumatha senex

Compare confusion species
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Minsmere, Suffolk (20.vii.2013) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Rendham (19.vii.2002) © M Deans
Spexhall, Suffolk (14.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Spexhall, Suffolk (14.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Spexhall, Suffolk (3.vii.2010) © Matthew Deans
Found at rest by day on dam wall - Lochan na Lairige, Ben Lawers, Perthshire (26.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Synchnant Pass, Conwy, Caernarfonshire (21.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Trapped by Bill Last - Chepstow, Monmouthshire (vii.2015) © Neil Sherman