Common Footman - Eilema lurideola

    Description

    Wingspan 28-35 mm. 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.

    Similar Species
    Habitat

    Wherever there are lichens, in gardens, farmland, marshes and woodland.

    When to see it

    It is on the wing in July and August and frequently comes to light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on various lichens.

    UK Status

    A widespread species in most of Britain, except in Scotland where it is local. Quite common in the south of its range. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    Reference
    72.045 BF2050

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map