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Large Ear
Amphipoea lucens

(Freyer, 1845) 2357 / 73.127

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... Read More

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 2 (5%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2010.
Last Recorded in 2011.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-17mm.
Flight: One generation Aug-Sept.
Foodplant:   Purple Moor-grass and Common Cottongrass
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common / Immigrant
Former Status: Local (Migrant)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
07/08/201119SY66 Portland Bill
09/08/201019SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown

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