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Orange Footman
Eilema sororcula (Hufnagel, 1766)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2043 / 72.049
Photo © Antony Wren,  Dunwich, Suffolk

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 43 (74%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1894.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
04/07/2020125TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
02/07/2020+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
27/06/2020326TM04 - Hadleigh
26/06/2020125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
25/06/2020225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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