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Eilema depressa (Esper, 1787)

Buff Footman
72.0430 (B&F: 2049)

»Suborder: Glossata
 »Superfamily: Noctuoidea
  »Family: Erebidae
   »Subfamily: Arctiinae
    »Tribe: Lithosiini


Eilema deplana (Esper, 1787) homonym
Eilema helvola (Hübner, [1803])
Eilema helveola (Ochsenheimer, 1810)

Status and ecology:

This resident species is sometimes fairly common to common and occasionally very common at mv lights in woods. Well distributed away from the coast, probably generally so in large areas, but high numbers are very local and distinctively episodic. Normally single-brooded, flying mainly from late June to mid August, although adults have been seen in every week from the second week of June to early September. In 2006 a full second emergence flew from late September to the third week of October. Larvae feed on unidentified lichens which adorn the branches of yew and probably other trees. (Pratt, 2011)

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Crowborough, 04 vii 2014 Photo: Charles Waters

Eilema depressa (Esper, 1787)


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