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Ear Moth
Amphipoea oculea (Linnaeus, 1761)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2360 / 73.128
Photo © Peter Tilley

Similar Norfolk Species
Saltern Ear
Amphipoea fucosa
Large Ear
Amphipoea lucens
Forewing: 12-15mm.
Flight: One generation July-Sept.
Foodplant:   Grasses.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
Norfolk Status
Most likely of the 'Ears' to be found inland.
Less restricted to damp habitats, found on grassland, heathland, fens, scrub.

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 65 (94%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/08/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
14/08/2020128TF41 - W.Walton/Walpole
12/08/2020528TL78 - Hockwold/Weeting
11/08/2020128TF41 - W.Walton/Walpole
11/08/2020127TG14 - Sheringham
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