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Orange Footman
Eilema sororcula

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2043 / 72.049
Photo © Andy Nunn,  North Cliffe Wood VC 61

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Yorkshire Status: Rare and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Not recorded since Porritt (1883-86). He only had a single locality, York (VC61/62/64), taken by R. Cook and referenced to 'Newman's Entom., Feb., 1842'.

Argus 47, 2001-2004: These are the first records in Yorkshire since 1842.

VC61. Sand Hutton, 13.5.2004 (EDC, ASE); Spurn, 16 & 18.5.2004 (BRS); Rudston, 29.5.2004 (ASE).

Argus 54, 2007: Further spread this year into VCs 64 and 65.

VC64. Laver Banks MoD, 20.6.2007 (CHF, JCW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

VC65. Hutton Conyers, 11.6.2007 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (CHF, 2011): Porritt only mentioned the one record as above in 1842. Mr Cook's collecting was done at various sites within five or six miles of the city and the entry in The Entomologist in 1842 unfortunately gives just the name of the moth and no more details. A major population expansion in the 1990s through the Midlands led to the moth colonising Yorkshire. Initial records in 2004 from Sand Hutton, Spurn and Rudston were followed by many more records in the centre of the county and in VC61. Larvae of all the true (Lithosiinae) Footmen feed on lichens and have done well and expanded their range in the last ten years. This follows on from the recolonisation of the county by Scarce Footman in the 1970s and Dingy and Buff Footman in the 1980s, all of which have consolidated their position and further expanded their range.

Recorded in 70 (35%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1842.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 13-16mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Lichens growing on trees
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/07/2022164SE44 - Wetherby / Tadcaster
21/07/2022+64SE26 - Ripley / Summerbridge
01/07/2022162SE78 - Pickering (W)
01/07/2022164SE33 - Leeds
24/06/2022162SE65 - York (E)
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