Erebidae: Arctiinae

2043 (ABH72.049) Orange Footman Eilema sororcula, (Hufnagel, 1766)

KR10499

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

This species has a diagnostic forewing shape, with a straight leading edge which is curved towards the tip. Similar yellow forms of Dingy and Buff Footman are larger and later in year.

 

Pupates amongst lichens.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often disturbed during day

Forewing length: 13-16mm.
Foodplant(s): arboreal lichen
Flying: One generation, late May-June
UK Presence: Resident, Possible Immigrant
National status: Local

Habitat

Mature oak and beech woodland and scrub.

Regional Information

Recorded in 47 (17.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 April to 06 July

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Dingy Footman Eilema griseola
Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
Buff Footman Eilema depressa

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