Orange Footman - Eilema sororcula

    Description

    Wingspan 27 to 30 mm. Noticeably orange in colour.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    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).

    Reference
    72.049 BF2043

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

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