The Moths of Suffolk
2322 Light Arches, Apamea lithoxylaea, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Can occur almost anywhere

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-August. Sometimes a partial second brood in September to November

Larval foodplants : Grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring also to Dark Arches) in such numbers as to be pestilent at light and sugar.

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-23mm, Wingspan 44-50mm


Confusion species
    AdultReddish Light Arches, Apamea sublustris

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Eye ( © P.Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman