Orange Footman - Eilema sororcula


Wingspan 27 to 30 mm. Noticeably orange in colour.

Identification difficulty

Mainly a woodland species.

When to see it

The single brood flies in May and June, when it can be attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae live on lichens growing on the trunks of Oak and Beech trees.

UK Status

This moth is distributed in the southern half of Britain, rarely reaching further north than East Anglia. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. 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