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72.043 (BF2049)

Buff Footman   

Eilema depressa
Adult: 2
Resident. Rare.


Care needed in separating from other ‘footman.’

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a small larvae during September to late June. Pupation taking place in a cocoon formed in bark crevice.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on lichens and algae growing on trees.


Broadleaved woodland and scrub.

History 1860-2010

First record came on 30th July 2006 at Forest Moor, Wigtownshire, with another there in August of the same year. Two were caught at Auchencairn (VC73) in 2008, with another seven trapped at Old Torr, on the other side of Auchencairn Bay in 2010.

In between, one was caught in July, 2009, and nine in mid-August, 2010, at Carsluith (VC73). Another was caught in 2009 at Kirkmabreck, with one in Kirroughtree Forest on 28th August 2010.

323 record(s) from 39 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2020 2022 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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