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Pelosia muscerda (Hufnagel, 1766)

Имаго  (Pelosia muscerda)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Erebidae subfamily Arctiinae tribe Lithosiini subtribe Lithosiina genus Pelosia → species Pelosia muscerda

Species name(s)

Pelosia muscerda (Hufnagel, 1766) = Phalaena muscerda Hufnagel, 1766 = Noctua cinerina Esper, 1805 = Noctua pudorina Esper, 1805 = Tinea perlella Fabricius, 1787. [9, 10]

Dotted Footman.



This species marks on the maps: 2.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #26. Predbaikalsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

14—15 mm.


28—34 mm.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Over-wintering stage


Имаго  (Pelosia muscerda)

Detailed information with references


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sardinia, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Corsica, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia , Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland, Russia, Romania,Sardinia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-East, the European North-West, the European Central European South taiga, Transbaikalia, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Nizhne-Amur, Prealtay, of Baikal, Seaside, Average -Amursky, Mid-Volzhsky, Mid-Ural,Sredneobskaya, South West Siberian, South Ural. [3].
  • The area - Europe, in the north often. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing - 1.5 cm. The color gray, with two small rows of black dots. Hind wings slightly lighter front. A related, but much less common type -Pelosia obtusa- has a darker shade of brown color with a clearly-defined spots. [5].
  • Wingspan: 28-34 mm. [PC93].

General info about Imago

  • Pelosi can be found in wet marshes. But not only. Also wet marshes, the butterfly lives in the wetland forests, as well as in river floodplains. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • From late June to early August. [5].
  • June - September [PC93].

General info about Larva

  • Pupation occurs in the soil under lichen. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Lichens. [28].
  • Lichens on alder, seaweed, withered leaves. [5].

Larva lifespan

  • The larvae live from September to June. [5].

Overwintering stage

  • Winters have Pelosia muscerda caterpillar on soil under lichen. [5].

Subspecies of Pelosia muscerda


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Andrey Ponomarev, Vitaly Gumenuk.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

The species characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.



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30.07.2015 8:29, Vasiliy Feoktistov Corrected data.

Wingspan: No formalized data → 28—34 mm. Flight time: June, July, August → June, July, August, September.

30.01.2014 22:13, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

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