The Moths of Suffolk
2047 Scarce Footman, Eilema complana, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including woodland, scrub, fens, grassland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : Lichens and algae on trees, shrubs, posts, walls and rocks

Morley's Final Catalogue : Generally distributed and not frequent. Brandon, where colour-forms approaching var. molybdeola, Gn (sericea Greg.) often occur; Bentley, Ipswich, Aldeburgh; ante 1890. Ipswich, Foxhall, Monks Soham; common at Blythburgh 1934; Lowestoft (Entom. 1922, 258).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-18mm, Wingspan 30-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultHoary Footman, Eilema caniola
Pigmy Footman, Eilema pygmaeola
Common Footman, Eilema lurideola

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2010) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (18.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Tattingstone, Suffolk (12.vii.2010) © Brian Jones