Dingy Footman

Eilema griseola


Wingspan 35mm. The fore-wings are plain grey with a yellow front border. There are several similar species but the Dingy Footman has a curved front edge to the wings, giving this species a more oval shape than the others. It is slightly reminiscent of a melon or pumpkin seed. 


Prefers damp environments, wet meadows, damp woods. The larvae feed on lichen and algae on woody plants.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in southern England and lowland Wales. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July to August.