Common Footman Eilema lurideola: Distribution map

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Common Footman Eilema lurideola

(Zincken, 1817)


Wingspan 28-35 mm.

A widespread species in most of Britain, except in Scotland where it is local. Quite common in the south of its range.

The forewings are greenish-grey, with a leading yellow stripe, tapering to a point at the tip. The wings are folded flat over the back when at rest. In flight, the yellow hindwings are noticeable, and it looks a much larger moth.

It is on the wing in July and August and frequently comes to light. The larvae feed on various lichens.
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