The Moths of Suffolk
2044 Dingy Footman, Eilema griseola, (Hübner, 1803)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, heathland, woodland, scrub, grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Lichens and algaes growing on trees and bushes

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not uncommon in marshes and on boulder-clay. The colour-form fulva (stramineola, Dbld.), less frequent at Brandon, Brandeston, Beccles and Fritton : ante 1890. Ipswich (Miller) and recently at Fritton Lake light.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-18mm, Wingspan 32-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultOrange Footman, Eilema sororcula
Buff Footman, Eilema depressa
Common Footman, Eilema lurideola

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found at night on concrete wall - Aldeburgh, Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman
f. stramineola - Eye, Suffolk (15.x.2006) © Paul Kitchener