The Moths of Suffolk
2049 Buff Footman, Eilema depressa, (Esper, 1787

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland and grassland with scrub, scrub, fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to August

Larval foodplants : Lichens and algae on trees and shrubs

Morley's Final Catalogue : Stowmarket, once at sugar about 1860 (Bree). A few at Monk Soham light July 1928-31 (Mly), and Dunwich 1933 (Hawley).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-17mm, Wingspan 28-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultOrange Footman, Eilema sororcula
Dingy Footman, Eilema griseola
Common Footman, Eilema lurideola

Compare confusion species
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Dark form - Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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King's Forest (ix.2002) © M Deans
Beaten from Scots pine - Tunstall, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman
Captains Wood, Suffolk (30.vi.2006) © A Prichard
 
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Melanic specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (9.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman