Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade G See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.
|Year first recorded||1923||1983|
|Year last recorded||2012||2013|
|Number of records||375||4|
|Number of individuals||607||4|
For the county, we have a total of 379 records from 12 sites. First recorded in 1923.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There is only one recent record of this species away from its main Yorkshire locality at Spurn.
2012 (CHF): This species is common at Spurn and can often be distinguished by its more olivaceous tones rather than the red-brown colouration of the other three species. It occurs on the north bank of the Tees and almost certainly occurs on the VC62 side but this has not yet been proven. We have several genuine inland records and the colour of these specimens is red-brown unlike those at Spurn. The situation is compounded by the similarity of the genitalia of both males and females to those of Large Ear and great caution should be used when separating the two, especially females. In Scotland where both species occur, hybrid forms appear, and it looks as if this is the case in Yorkshire as some inland moths have genitalia which are less easy to separate from Large Ear.