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Four-spotted Footman
Lithosia quadra (Linnaeus, 1758)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2051 / 72.041
Photo © Ted Phillips,  01/08/2014 - Low Road Winterton

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Similar Species: None
Forewing: M 18-22mm. F 20-26mm.
Flight: One generation July-Sept.
Foodplant:   Dog Lichen and other lichens.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Immigrant. (Probable new local resident)

Caution, records often entered in error for Four-dotted Footman !

Only the females have the spots and often there appears to be only three, as the wings overlap when at rest.

The widespread records in Norfolk suggest this species possibly now resident in the county.

In 2008 the discovery of a larva of Four-spotted Footman in the Brecks was thought to be the first confirmed breeding record for the species in Norfolk. We presumed it to be progeny from the large influx during 2006, although, interestingly, virtually all the records then concerned males. Unfortunately, this record is now thought to be a mistakenly identified Red-necked Footman larva! Ken Saul

Recorded in 36 (49%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
14/07/2024227TG14Felbrigg / Runton
01/07/2023128TF71West Bilney
06/10/2022127TG20Stoke Holy Cross
01/08/2022127TG32Honing / Crostwight Common
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