Small Fan-foot - Herminia grisealis


Wingspan 24-28 mm. This, the smallest of the Fan-foot group, is similar in pattern to the Fan-foot (Herminia tarsipennalis) but the dark subterminal line curves toward the wingtip, whereas in the latter species it is straighter.

Identification difficulty

Found in various habitats.

When to see it

Flies from June to August, when it is a regular visitor to the light-trap.

Life History

The larvae feed on the leaves of a range of deciduous trees, often on withered and fallen leaves.

UK Status

It is a relatively common species throughout most of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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