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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: None

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade G   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19701983197618861989
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records781715052150
Number of individuals24891071661685194
Unique positions2515299014
Unique locations2616288913
Adult records779715051050
Immature records20000

For the county, we have a total of 1473 records from 172 sites. First recorded in 1886.


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Species Account

All four species of 'Ear Moth' occur in the County but their distribution is still inadequately known. Identification is not easy. It is possible to hazard a guess by looking at underwing pattern but this is not reliable and we only accept records on the database where the genitalia have been examined.(CHF, 2011).

Ear Moth/Crinan Ear/Saltern Ear/Large Ear – record as Ear Moth agg. on MapMate rather than Amphipoea sp. Large Ear cannot be separated from the other species by underwing pattern as it overlaps with Saltern Ear so it is necessary to dissect them. Be aware that both the male and female genitalia of Saltern Ear and Large Ear are very similar (CHF).

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