The Moths of Suffolk
2493 Dotted Fan-foot, Macrochilo cribrumalis, (Hübner, 1793)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread but at low density

Habitats : Fens, coastal marshes, heathland, woodland

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

Larval foodplants : Reportedly on Wood-sedge, Hairy Wood-rush and Field Wood-rush

Morley's Final Catalogue : Confined to our marshiest spots; local or confused with the next. Ipswich, once (Mly), Bixley Decoy (Ml), Beccles (Crf). One at Tuddenham in 1909 (Nurse).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-14mm, Wingspan 26-30mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCalamotropha paludella

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Wicken Fen (24.vi.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk (3.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Orfordness, Suffolk (14.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory
 
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Oulton Marshes, Suffolk (6.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (16.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener