The Moths of Suffolk
2492 Small Fan-foot, Herminia grisealis, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, scrub, fens, heathland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Leaves and withered leaves of various trees, including Pedunculate Oak, Downy Birch, Alder, Hazel, Hawthorn, Bird Cherry, Bramble and Traveller's Joy

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means scarce, often at light with the last species. Copdock, infrequent about Ipswich, occasionally in Monks Soham garden, Stowmarket, Aldeburgh, Beccles, Bungay.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-13mm, Wingspan 24-28mm


Confusion species
    AdultFan-foot, Zanclognatha tarsipennalis
Shaded Fan-foot, Herminia tarsicrinalis

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
4 100 78 3

Life history chart
pupa pupa pupa pupa pupa pupaimago imago ovalarvaimago larva larva pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Eye (21.vii.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Beaten from dead leaves trapped in epicormic growth on Oak tree - Bentley Long Wood, Suffolk (21.ix.2013) © Neil Sherman