Erebidae: Herminiinae

2493 (ABH72.052) Dotted Fan-foot Macrochilo cribrumalis, (Hübner, 1793)


 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Dotted Fan-foot
 Photo © Barry Dickerson

General Information

This moth has a diagnostic white-fawn colouration and two rows of black dots.


Pupates in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 13-14mm.
Foodplant(s): Wood-sedge (Carex sylvatica), Hairy Wood-rush (Luzula pilosa), Field Wood-rush (Luzula campestris)
Flying: One generation, mid June-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Sedge-beds, fens, coastal marshes, heathland and woodland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 17 (6.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2022

Recorded date range (Adult): 06 June to 31 December

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
Brown, red, purple, grey, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: