Arctiidae: Lithosiinae

10489 Common Footman Eilema lurideola, (Zincken, 1817)

BF2050 (ABH72.045)


General Information

The greenish-grey forewings or this species with a leading yellow stripe, tapering to a point at the tip are diagnostic.


Pupates in a crevice.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 14-17mm.
Foodplant(s): lichen, algae
Flying: One generation, July-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Farmland, wetland, woodland and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.1%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in July 2012

Recorded date range (Adult): 22 July to 22 July

Similar Species
Buff Footman Eilema depressa
Dingy Footman Eilema griseola
Dobarsko, Rila Mtns., 30th July 2017. Light trap.
Dobarsko, Rila Mtns., 30th July 2017. Light trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Scarce Footman Eilema complana

Larva Type:
Black, orange, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: