08 April 2018

Crimson-speckled Footman - Jubail

Whilst birdwatching in Jubail I found a number of Crimson-speckled Footman Utetheisa pulchella. The Crimson-speckled Footman is a small, day flying moth measuring approximately 30-40mm in length. They are mostly white, speckled with black and crimson and have characteristic black eyes. The legs are white in colour and the antennae are black. The moth is found from Africa to southern Europe, throughout the Middle East, central & southern Asia and Australia. They are migratory moths and most often seen in February and March. They very rarely, if ever, land with their wings spread and almost always end up in a position similar to that in the photograph below.
Crimson-speckled Footman