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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: Fairly widespread resident.

See comments under Ear Moth agg. for advice on separating the the four "Ear Moth" species.

Nationally this is the commonest of the Ear Moth species, but in Yorkshire both Ear Moth and Large Ear are equally common. It seems to be well distributed across the county, but as with the other "Ears", the maps only show dissected individuals so it is probably even more widespread. It is not quite so dependent on wet habitats as Large Ear and can be seen in a variety of grassy habitats including gardens. The larvae are said to feed on annual meadow-grass and tufted hair-grass but may also use butterbur. The genitalia are distinct and again unlikely to be confused with the other species.

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. lucens (Reyer), it has been thought safest to list no records and so not bias recording in the County.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 48 (24%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1949.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

< Large Ear  |  Ear Moth agg. >
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
15/08/2023164SE37 - Ripon
09/08/2023163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
28/07/2023164SE37 - Ripon
18/07/2023163SE61 - Stainforth / Thorne
16/06/2023161TA31 - Skeffling / Easington
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