Local in heathland, moorland, woodland, gardens and sand-dunes throughout England and Wales; widespread and common in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Wingspan 30-36 mm. Has been confused in the past with Common Footman E. lurideola
, however wing-shape and posture of live specimens completely different; very similar to Hoary Footman E. caniola
, which see. Virtually impossible to separate from Northern Footman E. sericea
, now known only from Whixall Moss, Shropshire, and with which it is perhaps best treated as conspecific. Larva feeds on various lichens.