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Scarce Footman
Eilema complana (Linnaeus, 1758)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2047 / 72.046
Photo © Dave Emley

Common Footman
Eilema lurideola
Forewing: 15-18mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Lichens
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

A species that once lived up to its name but which is now a common resident.

Found in a wide variety of habitats.

Overwinters as a small larva while adults come readily to light.

Note Similar to Common Footman but this species rolls it wings round its body in a tube-like manner. The yellow stripe along the leading edge is of a constant width up to the tip whereas on Common it narrows.

Recorded in 109 (78%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
20/08/2022137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
19/08/2022137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
18/08/2022139SJ90 - Fordhouses/Wolverhampton
18/08/2022137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
17/08/2022137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
Further info: Eilema complana
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