Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2325 (ABH73.161) Crescent Striped Apamea oblonga, (Haworth, 1809)



General Information

Pupates in an underground chamber.

Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 18-21mm.
Foodplant(s): Common Saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia maritima), Reflexed Saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia distans), Bulbous Meadow-grass (Poa bulbosa), Red Fescue (Fectuca rubra), grasses
Flying: One generation, late June-early August
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Saltmarsh, vegetated shingle, coastal grazing marshes, mudflats and fens. Usually coastal.

Regional Information

Recorded in 3 (1.1%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 1981

Recorded date range (Adult): 04 June to 07 June

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Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Dusky Brocade Apamea remissa
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Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Large Nutmeg Apamea anceps

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
Yellow, brown, grey
No. of Proleg Pairs: