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Cybosia mesomella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Four-dotted Footman
72.0380 (B&F: 2040)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Noctuoidea
    »Family: Erebidae
      »Subfamily: Arctiinae
        »Tribe: Lithosiini

Resident. The moth usually occurs sparingly but it is occasionally fairly common on heathland and in the open parts of deciduous woods; rare along the treeless parts of the coast. Very local, irregular in numbers, and in decline. Single-brooded, flying mainly from the second week of June to mid July, occasionally from late May or to early August. The larval foodplants have not been recorded from our county, although unidentified “lichens and algae” have been mentioned elsewhere. (Pratt, 2011)

Cybosia mesomella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Heyshott Common, 03 vi 2017
Photo: Dave and Pen Green
Cybosia mesomella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Chailey Common, 12 vi 2018
Photo: Dave and Pen Green
Cybosia mesomella (Linnaeus, 1758)
f. flava
Memorial Common, Chailey, 11 vi 2019
Photo: Bob Foreman
Cybosia mesomella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Crowborough, 03 vii 2015
Photo: Charles Waters
Cybosia mesomella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Thorney Island, 06 vii 2013
Photo: Mike Snelling
Cybosia mesomella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Leechpool & Owlbeech Woods, 20 vi 2006
Photo: Sam Bayley

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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