Scarce Footman Eilema complana

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Scarce Footman Eilema complana

Scarce Footman Eilema complana (Linnaeus, 1758) 72.046 BF2047

Wingspan 28-35 mm. Forewing length 15-18mm. The Scarce Footman is distinguished from the similar Common Footman (Eilema lurideola) by the way it folds its wings close to its body when at rest.  Also note how the pale yellow stripe along the leading edge of the forewing reaches the leading edge without diminishing.

Scarce Footman Eilema complana

The adult flies July and August, and come to light. It is found in a wide variety of habitats, but especially heathland and moorland. Common and widespread in southern and eastern England, less so elsewhere. The larva mainly feeds on lichens.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

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6 thoughts on “Scarce Footman Eilema complana

    1. The name ‘footman is credited to quite a few species of moth which have long and narrow forewings which when at rest they hold over their backs or wrap around their bodies, kind of resembling the long and stiff coats worn by Victorian servants.

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