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72.039 [B&F: 2041] Dotted Footman (Pelosia muscerda) (Hufnagel, 1766)


A rare Red Data Book species, possibly now only breeding in Britain in fens and damp woodland in the Norfolk Broads, but recorded in a number of other locations, where sometimes considered to be a migrant. In Hampshire following a gap of 107 years, two were recorded on 16 July 2008 in the New Forest, at Ladycross and Ashurst, just a few miles from the last-known sighting in 1891. Not recorded from the Isle of Wight to date. Wingspan 30-34 mm. The most likely confusion species is Small Dotted Footman P. obtusa, which is smaller, has more rounded wings and a very curved median row of black dots from costa to dorsum (MBGBI Vol 9). Larva feeds on various lichens.

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Detail records

VC10 Isle of Wight
Niton (SZ57)20-Jul-2018oneOutlaw, Iain Adult
VC11 South Hampshire
Matley Bog, NF (SU30)1888oneDigby, RAdult
Matley Bog, New Forest (SU30)1891-Anon-
Matley Bog, New Forest (SU30)1891-Anon-
Ladycross Inclosure, New Forest (SU30)26-Jul-2008oneGreen, David G Adult
Ashurst, NF (SU31)26-Jul-2008oneGodfrey, Keith Adult
Botley Wood (SU50)14-Aug-2012oneTindale, Anthony Adult

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