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Saltern Ear
Amphipoea fucosa (Tutt, 1888)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2358 / 73.126
Photo © Jim Swalwell,  30/08/2019 - Holme Lavender Marsh

Similar Norfolk Species
Ear Moth
Amphipoea oculea
Large Ear
Amphipoea lucens
Forewing: 14-16mm.
Season: One generation Aug-Sept.
Foodplant:   Grasses.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
Norfolk Status
Common, and most likely of the 'Ears' in coastal areas.
Often paler than other 'Ears', with slightly longer wings and narrow, often whitish stigmata.
Salt-marshes, sand-dunes, fens.

The 'Ear' moths, or Amphipoea species are so alike that it is not usually reliable to distinguish them without referring to their genitalic structure.

Please see info below - Identification of the Ear Moth (Amphipoea oculea) and Saltern Ear (A. lucens) via the pinch method. (J. Clifton)

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 31 (45%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/08/2019128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
08/08/2019727TG04 - Blakeney/Cley
24/07/2019127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
29/08/2018128TF84 - Burnham/Holkham
27/08/2018127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
Further info: Amphipoea fucosa
 
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