Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and local resident.
Local Record: Grade G See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.
|Year first recorded||1935||1986||1935|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||244||98||684|
|Number of individuals||343||275||1236|
For the region, we have a total of 684 records from 154 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1935.
Similar species: 2357 Amphipoea lucens (Large Ear) and 2358 Amphipoea fucosa (Saltern Ear).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found most often in south-east Britain, more local elsewhere, the larva feeding on the roots and stem bases of grasses. In Dorset, the moth is local at low density, rising to frequent very locally in damp woodland, river valleys and fens. Records from seaward coasts are few. The species seems to have declined; it was previously assessed as "common inland, especially in damp woodland" (W Parkinson Curtis manuscript). The following records illustrate a relative abundance in times gone by: Winfrith, common (Dr F Haines), Bloxworth, especially at onion blossom (A Pickard Cambridge, O Pickard Cambridge), Morden, frequent at light (W Parkinson Curtis), Badbury Rings, at scabious flowers (W Parkinson Curtis), Dunyeats Hill, commonly at light (W Parkinson Curtis), Break Hill Wood, commonly at light (W Parkinson Curtis).
Hill, L., 2013: