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Manulea complana

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Superfamily  Noctuoidea
Scientific name  Eilema complana
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Family  Erebidae
Rank  Species
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Similar  Katha depressa, Eilema, Manulea lurideola, Eilema caniola, Collita griseola

Manulea complana, the scarce footman, is a moth of the family Erebidae. It is found throughout the Palearctic region.


Technical description and variation

The wingspan is 28–35 mm. Very like Eilema morosinum (Herrich-Schäffer, [1847]) but the forewing not so elongate, and the angles not so accentuated, the costal streak broader and brighter yellow, the hindwing duller, not so transparent; the apex of the abdomen brighter yellow. On the underside the disc is very blackish iron grey, and contrasts vividly with the orange-yellow costa and the broad pale yellow marginal area. Hindwing beneath pale yellow, the costa deeper yellow; below costa a grey streak from the base.


The moth flies from June to August depending on the location.

Larva blackish dorsally, with narrow lighter lines; subdorsal lines composed of small reddish yellow and white spots; lateral line interrupted, reddish yellow. The larvae feed on lichen and mosses, but also leaves of low growing plants on occasion.


Manulea complana Wikipedia