The Moths of Suffolk
2043 Orange Footman, Eilema sororcula, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Broadleaved woodland, heathland and grassland with scrub,

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to July

Larval foodplants : Lichens growing on oaks, beech, larch, blackthorn and other trees

Comments : A species that appears to have become more prevalent in recent years

Morley's Final Catalogue : Rare in the few sylvan places where it occurs. Brandon, Woolpit, Stowmarket, Needham, Playford, Bentley : ante 1890. Belstead, one 1899 (Platten); occasionally on undergrowth in woods, Bentley 1894-1933 (Mly, D); and 1936 at Blythburgh (Gd).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 27-30mm


Confusion species
    AdultDingy Footman, Eilema griseola
Buff Footman, Eilema depressa

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Lineage Wood, Suffolk (6.v.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Hintlesham, Suffolk (13.v.2006) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
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Ipswich, Suffolk (14.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener