Erebidae : Arctiinae
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Immature stages

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Pigmy Footman
Eilema pygmaeola
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Scarce Footman
Eilema complana

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2047 / 72.046

Morley's Final Catalogue: Generally distributed and not frequent. Brandon, where colour-forms approaching var. molybdeola, Gn. (sericea, Greg.) often occur; Bentley, Ipswich, Aldeburgh: ante 1890. Ipswich, Foxhall, Monks Soham; common at Blythburgh 1934; Lowestoft (Entom. 1922, 258).

Recent Suffolk Status: Widespread and abundant.

Life history: Single-brooded in the summer. Another footman species which is appearing occasionally in the autumn in recent years.

Identification: Rests with wings rolled tightly around the body. The forewings are silvery-grey with yellow streak on whole length of the costa. The thorax is grey with orange collar. Confusion species are Common Footman for the inexperienced (rests with wings held flat) and the much rarer Hoary Footman, which has pure white hindwings and much longer legs.

Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats.

Recorded in 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/09/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
17/09/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
14/09/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
13/09/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
11/09/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 15-18mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Lichens
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 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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