72.045 (2050) Common Footman Eilema lurideola (Zincken, 1817)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Douglas Robinson (1870-71) had only one to record which he found at flowers in August, 1870 on Almorness (VC73). Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73).
 
David Cunningham on 31st July 1951 had also found it at Closeburn, it was an addition to the Dumfriesshire list. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).
 
Although five of the seven Rothamsted stations recorded it, Waterside Mains and Mabie Forest recorded many records, with Gatehouse of Fleet, Caerlaverock and Bridge of Dee managing just a handul of records between them. During 1992-2010 Kirkton, Durisdeer (VC72), Mersehead RSPB and Cally Woods (VC73) with regular trapping recorded it many times. It was also recorded from many widespread sites proving it to be very common.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a small larva, during August to late May, with pupation in a cocoon formed in a crevice.
 
Larval foodplants
Lichens and algae growing on trees. Also known to feed on Hawthorn leaves, and possibly other plants.
 
Identification
The yellow collar adjacent to the head has the middle portion grey. The yellow costal streak also narrows towards the apex.
 
Habitat
Most lowland habitats.
 
Recorders' notes
Care needed in separating from other 'footmen.'
© Keith Naylor, Dyke Farm NR, Moffat, 16 August 2005
© Stephen Riddell, Maxwelton Mains, 5 June 2014

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