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The orange footman is generally considered to be a species of central southern England and so, not surpringly, is found here in Dorset. In places it can be quite a common species but rarely seen by day being a nocturnal species but it is attracted to light.
It is unmarked and is a plain straw orange colour but is the same shape as its cousins in the footman range! Like others in the family its larvae feed on lichen, especially lichens on trees so there is a tendancy for this species to be found in more wooded habitats, especially around oak and beech trees. It also occurs in parks and gardens where there are numerous trees or shrubs.