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Amphipoea oculea (Linnaeus, 1761)

Ear Moth
73.1280 (B&F: 2360)

Synonym(s):
Amphipoea nictitans (Linnaeus, 1767)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Noctuoidea
    »Family: Noctuidae
      »Subfamily: Xyleninae
        »Tribe: Apameini

Resident. Normally occurs singly or sparingly in a wide range of grassy habitats in both vice-counties, but it is occasionally fairly common to common at mv light in its foremost colonies in West Sussex. Widespread, and probably generally distributed in some areas, but extremely local and irregular in numbers. Single-brooded, flying mainly from early July to late August, occasionally to late September.The larval foodplants have not been determined in Sussex (that listed under Fletcher, 1886 refers to fucosa) but tufted hair-grass, butterbur, and various other unspecified grasses and plants serve elsewhere. (Pratt, 2011)

Amphipoea oculea (Linnaeus, 1761)
Warnham LNR, 13 viii 2005
Photo: Sam Bayley
Amphipoea oculea (Linnaeus, 1761)
Findon Valley, 29 vii 2011
Photo: Mike Snelling

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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