The Moths of Suffolk
2046 Pigmy Footman, Eilema pygmaeola, (Doubleday, 1847)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-July to August

Larval foodplants : Lichens and algae on stones, plant stems and posts

Records : Landguard (N Odin and M Marsh, 6.vii.2001), Walberswick (per Skinner [1998], 1976; SMG, 31.vii.2004), Minsmere (per Skinner [1998], 1976), Thorpeness (per Skinner [1998], 1983), Orfordness (J Askins, 2004, 21.vi.2006, 24.vii.2006), Bawdsey (M Deans, 29.vi.2005, 12.vii.2006, 18.vii.2006), Hollesley (N Mason, 20.vii.2006)

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-15mm, Wingspan 24-28mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScarce Footman, Eilema complana

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Walberswick, Suffolk (vii.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Dungeness (4.viii.2002) © L Gregory
Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Form pallifrons - Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman