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Rosy Footman
Miltochrista miniata (Forster, 1771)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2037 / 72.035
Photo © Damian Money,  Acle, Norfolk, VC27

Similar Yorkshire Species: None
Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Lichens growing on trees
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Yorkshire Status: Very rare and very local wanderer, a former resident.

Rosy Footman must have been formerly more widespread in Yorkshire. In 1883, Porritt was aware of records from six sites across the county, though these are the most northerly dots on the distribution maps. There was a further record from Sandall Beat Wood in VC63 in 1906, but it then seems to have retreated south. From about 2000, it has been showing some signs of extending its range, though at a much slower rate than some other Footmen. In particular, there were several more records in Lincolnshire. In 2009 a moth was trapped at Rotherham. This was well ahead of the next record, but since then there have been records from Spurn in 2020 and 2022, and from Haxby in 2021. These seem to be wandering moths and it is doubtful whether it is already breeding in Yorkshire, but it is probably only a matter of time. The larvae feed on lichens on oaks and other trees.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The only record of this species since Porritt (1883-86) was mentioned in the last list (YNU, 1970), from Sandall Beat (VC63) in 1906. Although it has been caught quite recently in Lincolnshire in 1964 and 1972 (Duddington & Johnson, 1983) both locations were considerably south of the southern tip of Yorkshire.

Recorded in 9 (5%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/07/2022161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
23/06/2022161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
09/07/2021162SE65 - York (E)
07/07/2020161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
06/07/2009163SK49 - Rotherham
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