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Summary Data

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.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

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 recorded193519861935
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records24498684
Number of individuals3432751236
Unique positions776166
Unique locations716154
Adult records23298660
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 684 records from 154 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1935.


2360 Ear Moth 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

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).

This species is similar to the Saltern Ear2358. Diagnostics include: a squarer, less rectangular forewing; a squarer, less rectangular reniform stigmata, a richer dark reddish-brown ground colour, not pale brown.

Hill, L., 2013:

This species is extremely similar to both the recently-confirmed Large Ear2357 and Saltern Ear2358 and can only be separated with certainty by dissection.


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