The Moths of Suffolk
2041 Dotted Footman, Pelosia muscerda, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Flight Period : Recent records have occurred in July and August

Larval foodplants : Unknown in the wild

Records : Barnby (N Muddeman, 2003), Minsmere (R Harvey, 2003-4, 2006), Ipswich (N Sherman, 2004-5), Bawdsey (M Deans, 2006), Bawdsey (M Deans,, Blythburgh (D Wilson, 6.vii.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Confined to EAnglia, outside central Europe; a fen species with us. Lakenheath, beside the Little Ouse river (Eedle's 'Fenland' 1878, p.591). Beaten from alder-bushes in Barnby Broad on 11 August 1898 (Mly); one in Bishop's Ipswich house on 5 Aug 1931 (Whit); at light on Fritton Lake in mid-Aug. 1934 (D) and 1936 (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 30-34mm


Confusion species
    AdultSmall Dotted Footman, Pelosia obtusa

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2004) © N Sherman

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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (12.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (13.viii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
Hickling Broad, Norfolk (11.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman