This moth is unmistakable as no other species has plain black wings and a red collar.  The long narrow wings, which are often wrapped around the body when at rest, are characteristic of this group of moths and gave rise to their name, as they are said to resemble the long coats worn by servants in Victorian times.

Can be found resting on the leaves of bushes, grasses etc. and may also fly around the tops of oak trees and conifers in sunny weather. Also flies at night.

Size and Family

  • Family – Tigers, Ermines, Footmen and allies (Arctiids)
  • Medium Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Local (only found in some areas)

    Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

    Lichens and green algae growing on trees such as oaks, birches, Beech, Larch and spruces.


    • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
    • Widely distributed and sometimes abundant in parts of south-west England but more restricted in distribution in southern England and Wales and rare on Jersey.  Also occurs in south-west Scotland and is fairly common in parts of Northern Ireland.


    Primarily frequents broad-leaved woodland and conifer plantations.

    Red-necked Footman by Mark_Parsons

    Red-necked Footman