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Eilema depressa (Esper, 1787)

Buff Footman
72.0430 (B&F: 2049)

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

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

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)

Eilema depressa (Esper, 1787)
Wakehurst Place, 11 x 2018
Photo: Bob Foreman
Eilema depressa (Esper, 1787)
Crowborough, 04 vii 2014
Photo: Charles Waters
Eilema depressa (Esper, 1787)
Ambersham, 12 viii 2010
Photo: Mike Snelling
Eilema depressa (Esper, 1787)
Lindfield, 18 vii 2012
Photo: Bob Foreman
Eilema depressa (Esper, 1787)
Warnham LNR, 01 vii 2005
Photo: Sam Bayley

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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