Scarce Footman

Eilema complana

Scarce Footman (Eilema complana)

This footman rests with its wings wrapped and folded close to its body which helps to distinguish it between the Common Footman (Eilema lurideola). Forewing length up to 18mm.

Scarce Footman (Eilema complana)

The caterpillars feed on lichens. The adults are seen July to August, and they are attracted to light. Found in woodland, on heathland and downland. Common and widespread in central and southern England, and Wales, scarce elsewhere.

Photographs of Scarce Footman (Eilema complana) taken in July 2015, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2015. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

4 thoughts on “Scarce Footman

  1. Very nice, one I’m on the look out for. Thought I’d just mention that I getting fa few lutterbyes, mainly redadmirals, and small tortoishells, and of course loads of whites.

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  2. What a beautiful color combination. It does look rather elegant, like a courtier. It looks soft, too. I suppose it wouldn’t be happy about being petted, but I still have the impulse.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂 These moths are quite willing to sit still whilst you take their picture, unlike some others, but as for petting, unfortunately I think they would fly off 🙂


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