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Hoary Footman
Eilema caniola (H?bner, 1808)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2045 / 72.047
Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Captured 30 May 2020 Hollesley. Gen Det

Similar Suffolk Species
Pigmy Footman
Eilema pygmaeola

Forewing: 28-35mm
Flight: One generation July-Sep.
Foodplant:   Lichens.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4

Morley's Final Catalogue: Is confined to west coast from Sussex to I. Man.

[Not recorded in Suffolk during Morley's time]

Recent Status: The first county records came from Orfordness on 3, 15 & 19.07.2003 with further records at this site up to at least 2014 (M. Marsh). Singletons noted for the first time at Bawdsey Hall on 13 and 26 September 2018 (M.J. Deans). Suspected immigrant in the county. A likely future colonist as the range of this moth is spreading rapidly.

Identification: Forewings paler and greyer than similar species. Hindwings are much cleaner white. A weakly marked pale yellow costa also assist what can be quite a tricky identification. Compare with Scarce Footman.

Habitat: Formerly cliffs and beaches in the south and west of Britain, the moth has colonised many new habitats including woodland and gardens.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 5 (9%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2003.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/06/2020126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
30/05/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
26/09/2018125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
13/09/2018125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
29/07/2016125TM44 - Orford Ness
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