The Moths of Suffolk
2040 Four-dotted Footman, Cybosia mesomella, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Mainly localised to Brecks, Waveney fens and coastal fens

Habitats : Grassland, heathland, open woodland, scrub, fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to early August

Larval foodplants : Lichens and algae on stems of heather, sallows and other woody plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Rare; near Ipswich (Harwood), Bentley (Garrett), Beccles (Crf): ante 1890. Beccles, one in 1922 (Gls); Blythburgh, common (Btn). Larvae frequent under boards on mud, North Cove great carr, April 1935; but imago never seen in Suffolk (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 29-34mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk (3.vii.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman
Barnhamcross Common (1.vii.2004) © L Gregory
North Cove, Suffolk (11.vi.2010) © A Prichard