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Dotted Footman
Pelosia muscerda (Hufnagel, 1766)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2041 / 72.039
Photo © Neil Sherman,  Purdis Farm, Ipswich. July 2018

Similar Suffolk Species
Small Dotted Footman
Pelosia obtusa
Forewing: 13-16mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Unknown. probably algae and lichens on reed and plant litter.
Nat Status: Red Data Book
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Morley's Final Catalogue: Confined to E. Anglia, 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).

Recent Status: Recorded virtually annually in recent years. Most often noted along the coast suggesting immigration. Regular records from Dunwich, Minsmere, Bawdsey, Hollesley and Ipswich Golf Course this century along with other sporadic sightings.

It is possible this species has colonised parts of the county although this theory remains unproven.

Identification: Compare with the smaller and squatter Small Dotted Footman.

Habitat: Fens.

Recorded in 12 (21%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1898.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/08/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
14/08/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
11/08/2020125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
11/08/2020125TM59 - Lowestoft
31/07/2019125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
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