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Orange Footman
Eilema sororcula (Hufnagel, 1766)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2043 / 72.049
Photo © Peter Hall

Similar West Midlands Species
Dingy Footman
Eilema griseola
Buff Footman
Eilema depressa
Forewing: 13-16mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Lichen
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

A common resident in the south, less so in the north.

Mainly a species of old broadleaved woodland but now can be found well away from that.

Overwinters as a pupa while adults come to light from dusk onwards.

Note Similar to buff forms of Dingy and Buff Footmen. Buff is larger while the leading edge of Dingy is more evenly curved. Orange is a more orange-yellow colour too.

Recorded in 59 (42%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1870.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
26/07/2019139SO98 - Dudley/Saltwells Wood
24/07/2019139SJ93 - Downs Banks/Stone
03/07/2019136SO54 - NE Hereford & Marden
23/06/2019136SO46 - Richards Castle & Wigmore
23/06/2019236SO75 - Bringsty & Broadwas
Further info: Eilema sororcula
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