Erebidae: Arctiinae

2044 (ABH72.044) Dingy Footman Eilema griseola, (Hübner, [1803])

KR10488

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
f. straminola, Great Staughton
f. straminola, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
f. straminola, Great Staughton
f. straminola, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
f. straminola, Monks Wood
f. straminola, Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Whitelye, Gwent
Whitelye, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

Several of the Eilema species can be difficult to tell apart, but this moth has broader, more rounded forewings than many of the others. There is also a straw yellow form, f. straminola known from the UK only.

 

Pupates in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 15-18mm.
Foodplant(s): arboreal lichen
Flying: One generation, July-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Fens, heathland, woodland, scrub, grassland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 123 (45.6%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 05 June to 29 September

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 05 April to 27 May

Similar Species
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Orange Footman Eilema sororcula
Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
Buff Footman Eilema depressa
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Common Footman Eilema lurideola


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Hairy
Colours:
Black, orange, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5