The Moths of Suffolk
2050 Common Footman, Eilema lurideola, (Zincken, 1817)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

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

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : Lickens and algae on trees, bushes, posts, walls and rocks

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common everywhere at dusk and light.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 31-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDingy Footman, Eilema griseola
Hoary Footman, Eilema caniola
Scarce Footman, Eilema complana

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

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (2.vii.2006) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (24.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Larva found feeding on green algae on fence - Ipswich, Suffolk (6.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman