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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade G   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19492008200019932000
Year last recorded20142010201420132014
Number of records1329119
Number of individuals18291520
Unique positions825116
Unique locations925116
Adult records1329119
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 44 records from 33 sites. First recorded in 1949.


73.128 Ear Moth 03 gen. det.
© Andy Nunn
73.128 Ear Moth 02
© Ian Marshall, 19 Jul 2014
73.128 Ear Moth 01 gen.det.
© John Edwards

Species Account

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

2012 (CHF): There are scattered confirmed records from all five VCs but it is uncommon in the east. The larval foodplants are the stems and roots of grasses and also butterbur. Nationally this is much the commonest and widespread member of the genus with good populations in the south and east of England. The genitalia are distinct and again unlikely to be confused with the other species.

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