Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Ear Moth
Amphipoea oculea

(Linnaeus, 1761) 2360 / 73.128

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... Read More

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 10 (25%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1890.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
02/08/2019+9SY98 Wareham
12/07/201819SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
14/07/201719SU00 Wimborne
30/07/201629SY99 Lytchett Matravers
24/07/201619SY98 Wareham

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