Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2360 (ABH73.128) Ear Moth Amphipoea oculea, (Linnaeus, 1761)

KR09828

 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Ear Moth
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Whitelye Moor, Gwent
Whitelye Moor, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

The 'Ear' moths, or Amphipoea species are so alike that it is not usually reliable to distinguish them without genital examination.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light.
Often found feeding during day

Forewing length: 12-15mm.
Foodplant(s): Annual Meadow-grass (Poa annua), Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa), Butterbur (Petasites hybridus), grasses
Flying: One generation, late July-September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Grassland, heathland, fens and scrub.

Regional Information

Recorded in 23 (8.5%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 June to 06 September

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Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
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Ridsdale, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Large Ear Amphipoea lucens
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Saltern Ear Amphipoea fucosa
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Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
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Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Wrinkled
Colours:
Grey, green, black, brown, orange
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5