Erebidae : Arctiinae
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Common Footman
Eilema lurideola
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Scarce Footman
Eilema complana

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2047 / 72.046

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 102 (73%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-18mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Lichens
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
19/08/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSJ85
18/08/20201VC37 - WorcestershireSO97
17/08/20201VC37 - WorcestershireSO97
16/08/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO34
16/08/20205VC39 - StaffordshireSK04

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