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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Very rare migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade G   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Purple Moor-grass and Common Cottongrass.

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 recorded20102010
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records24
Number of individuals24
Unique positions24
Unique locations24
Adult records24
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2010.


2357 Large Ear 02
© Dave Foot
2357 Large Ear 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

Similar species: 2358 Amphipoea fucosa (Saltern Ear) and 2360 Amphipoea oculea (Ear Moth).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species that is restricted to upland areas in western and northern Britain, the larva feeding on the roots and stem bases of grasses such as small reed (Calamagrostis spp.), cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata) and purple moor-grass (Molinea caerulea). The adult flies in August and September. In Dorset, there is just one single record. On the capture date, a warm south-west to westerly airflow was established, and it is likely this individual originated from upland grassland habitat in Devon: Broadwey, 9 August 2010 (P Harris).

This species is extremely similar to Saltern Ear2358 and can only be separated with certainty by dissection.

Hill, L., 2013:

This species is extremely similar to both Saltern Ear2358 and Ear Moth 2360 and can only be separated with certainty by dissection.


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