Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Ear Moth
Amphipoea oculea

(Linnaeus, 1761) 2360 / 73.128
Photo © Andy Nunn,  Flamborough VC 61 - gen. det.

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Yorkshire Status: Rare and very local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are a few scattered records for this species but it is generally overlooked and some of these records almost certainly refer to other members of the genus. There are confirmed records from several sites but all of these overlap with records received for other species and so, as with A. lucen (Reyer), it has been thought safest to list no records and so not bias recording in the County.

2012 (CHF): There are scattered confirmed records from all five VCs but it is uncommon in the east. The larval foodplants are the stems and roots of grasses and also butterbur. Nationally this is much the commonest and widespread member of the genus with good populations in the south and east of England. The genitalia are distinct and again unlikely to be confused with the other species.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 46 (23%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1949.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
19/08/2022163SK38 - Sheffield
16/08/2022165SE37 - Ripon
14/08/2022165SE18 - Middleham
13/08/2022164SE24 - Bramhope / Otley
09/08/2022162NZ91 - Whitby
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