Four-spotted Footman - Lithosia quadra


Wingspan 35 to 55 mm. This is a sexually dimorphic species and only the females have the spots which give the species its name; often there appears to be only three spots, as the wings overlap when at rest.

Identification difficulty

Usually recorded at light.

When to see it

It flies from July to September or early October.

Life History

The larvae feed on lichens on the bark of deciduous trees.

UK Status

Resident along the south-west coast of England and Wales, and is also an occasional migrant. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as a migrant.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland where the Horninghold record of October 2013 is only the second for VC55. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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