Noctuidae: Herminiinae

08846 Small Fan-foot Herminia grisealis, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

BF2492 (ABH72.055)


General Information

This species is smaller than other 'fan-foot' species.


Pupates in leaf litter or in a bark crevice.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often disturbed during day

Forewing length: 11-13mm.
Foodplant(s): Pedunculate Oak (withered leaves) (Quercus robur), birches (Betula spp.), Hazel (Corylus avellana), Alder (Alnus glutinosa), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Bramble (Rubus fruticosus), Traveller's-joy (Clematis vitalba), broadleaved trees
Flying: One generation, early June-late August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Broadleaved woodland, scrub, fens, heathland and gardens.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Melnik, SW Bulgaria. 3rd Aug. 2017. Light trap.
Melnik, SW Bulgaria. 3rd Aug. 2017. Light trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Shaded Fan-foot Herminia tarsicrinalis
Fan-foot Herminia tarsipennalis (=Zanclognatha)

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