Hoary Footman - Eilema caniola


Wingspan 28 to 35 mm. Paler and greyer than similarly patterned 'footmen'.

Similar Species

Very similar to Scarce Footman (E. complana), but hindwing very pale yellowish grey (ochreous yellow in Scarce Footman), a feature which is difficult to see on live specimens.

Identification difficulty

In coastal regions they favour areas of rocky seaside cliffs and shingle beaches.

When to see it

The normal flight period is between July and September, and the adults are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on lichens growing on rocks.

UK Status

The range of this moth is more or less restricted to the south-west coasts of England and Wales, although occasional specimens do turn up further east along the coast, and sometimes inland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records, although some specimens may have been wrongly recorded as Scarce Footman in the past. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map