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72.038 (BF2040)

Four-dotted Footman   

Cybosia mesomella
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.



Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a larva during mid-August to late May, pupating in a cocoon on the ground.

Larval foodplants

Algae and lichens on the stems of sallows, heathers and woody plants.


Damp grassland, fens, heathland, moorland and open woodland.

History 1860-2010

Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). Gordon (1913) had found it common on moors near woods around Corsemalzie, having found 19 at rest on heather mid-June 1911. He also took 15 at light mid-June 1911. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Lochar (VC72) and Kirkconnell Flow (VC73).

During 1974-93 all seven of the Rothamsted stations recorded it moderately. From 1992 to 2010 there were just over 100 records, mainly from moorland and heathland sites in all three vice-counties.

483 record(s) from 42 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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