Erebidae : Arctiinae
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Pigmy Footman
Eilema pygmaeola

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Hoary Footman
Eilema caniola

(Hübner, 1808) 2045 / 72.047

Morley's Final Catalogue: Is confined to west coast from Sussex to I. Man.

[Not recorded in Suffolk during Morley's time]

Recent Suffolk Status: The first county records came from Orfordness on 3, 15 & 19.07.2003 with further records at this site up to at least 2014 (M. Marsh).
A suspected immigrant to the county, although increasing records in more recent years including at inland locations may mean it has begun colonisation.

Life history: Single-brooded in one long generation from summer through to early autumn.

Identification: Forewings paler and greyer than similar species. Hindwings are much cleaner white. A weakly marked pale yellow costa also assist what can be quite a tricky identification. Legs are somewhat longer than Scarce footman. A clear photo showing the white hindwings will be required for acceptance of any record. Worn specimens may need dissection to confirm.

Habitat: Formerly cliffs and beaches in the south and west of Britain, the moth has colonised many new habitats including woodland and gardens.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 20 (34%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2003.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Collected by Clive A Stace Middlewood Green Suffolk - Raymond A Watson
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/10/2023125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
30/09/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
27/09/2023125TM59 - Lowestoft
25/09/2023125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
25/09/2023125TM59 - Lowestoft
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 15-17mm
Flight: One generation July-Sept
Foodplant:   Lichens
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2023. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023
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