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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and mainly coastal resident.

Local Record: Grade G   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-mid Sep.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded189019911890
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records38864904
Number of individuals14231103066
Unique positions786168
Unique locations726156
Adult records32862780
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 904 records from 156 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1890.


2358 Saltern Ear 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

Similar species: 2357 Amphipoea lucens (Large Ear) and 2360 Amphipoea oculea (Ear Moth).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A predominantly coastal saltern and dune species in Britain, the larva feeding on the roots and stem bases of grasses. In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density, confined to coastal marsh, fen and saltern habitat. It is recorded regularly from the Fleet, Radipole, Lodmoor, Poole Harbour and Christchurch Harbour. Many examples trapped inland, suggest that the moth undertakes short to medium-range dispersal occasionally.

This species is extremely similar to the Ear Moth2360 and can only be separated with certainty by dissection.

Hill, L., 2013:

This species is extremely similar to both the recently-confirmed Large Ear2357 and Ear Moth 2360 and can only be separated with certainty by dissection.


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