Erebidae : Arctiinae
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Similar Herts & Middlesex Species
Scarce Footman
Eilema complana
Pigmy Footman
Eilema pygmaeola
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Hoary Footman
Eilema caniola

(Hübner, 1808) 2045 / 72.047

General comments:
Recently established resident - widespread and locally common.

In recent years there has been a significant expansion in the range of this species which has, traditionally, had its roots in the south-west of England and the south-west of Wales. It is unsurprising therefore that the first Hertfordshire reports are from the south-west, where it arrived in the Chorleywood area in 2010. There are several additional reports from that area in the years 2013 to 2015. After about this time, it has spread across the entire area - partly masked by its similarity in appearance to Scarce Footman plus a certain unwillingness on the party of some amateur moth hunters to accept that what they have is the rarer species!

Recorded in 25 (61%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2008.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/10/2023120TL31 - Hertford
17/09/2023120TL31 - Hertford
17/09/2023120TL11 - Harpenden / Wheathampstead
16/09/2023120TL31 - Hertford
16/09/2023120TL31 - Hertford
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Forewing: 15-17mm
Flight: One generation July-Sept
Foodplant:   Lichens
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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