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.
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.