Erebidae: Arctiinae

2049 (ABH72.043) Buff Footman Eilema depressa, (Esper, 1787)

KR10487

Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Whitelye Moor, Gwent
Whitelye Moor, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Whitelye, Gwent
Whitelye, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey, 26th July 2013
Hemingford Grey, 26th July 2013
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Llanbedr, nr. Harlech, N. Wales. 29th July 2012. MV trap.
Llanbedr, nr. Harlech, N. Wales. 29th July 2012. MV trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

This moth is grey with orange/yellow fringes and leading edge to wings. The female is slightly larger and browner. There is also an orange form (f. unicolor) and very dark form (f. plumbia).

 

Pupates in a crevice in tree bark.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 15-17mm.
Foodplant(s): lichen, algae
Flying: One generation, July-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Local

Habitat

Woodland, scrubland and chalky downland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 53 (19.6%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 19 May to 28 August

Similar Species
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Orange Footman Eilema sororcula
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Dingy Footman Eilema griseola
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Common Footman Eilema lurideola

Local
Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Hairy
Colours:
Black, grey, white
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5