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Orange Footman
Eilema sororcula (Hufnagel, 1766)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2043 / 72.049
Photo © Richard Stace,  31/05/2020 - Rushmere St Andrew IP5

Similar Suffolk Species
Dingy Footman
Eilema griseola
Buff Footman
Eilema depressa
Forewing: 13-16mm.
Flight: One generation May-June.
Foodplant:   Lichen.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley's Final Catalogue: Rare in the few sylvan places where it occurs. Brandon, Woolpit, Stowmarket, Needham, Playford, Bentley: ante 1890. Belstead, one 1899 (Platten); occasionally on undergrowth in woods, Bentley 1894-1933 (Mly,D); and 1936 at Blythburgh (Gd).

Recent Status: Has become much more common in recent years.

Identification: Worn examples could be confused with Buff Footman.

Habitat: Woodland and gardens.

Recorded in 45 (78%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1894.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
31/07/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
25/07/2021125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
18/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
09/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
05/07/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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