The Moths of Suffolk
2325 Crescent Striped, Apamea oblonga, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, mainly coastal

Habitats : Saltmarsh, vegetated shingle, coastal grazing marshes, fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to early August

Larval foodplants : Grasses, roots and stem-bases

Records : Single inland record at Lakenheath Fen (J Clifton, 2000), other records coastal

Morley's Final Catalogue : Submaritime, in salt-marshes : a score or more on the Suffolk coast in 1858 (Bree, Ent. Wk. Int. v, 30). Brantham, Bentley, Foxhall heath; Hemley on sugared thistles (Wlr); not uncommon at Felixstow in 1901-3, and at Orford (Gibbs); Glemham Magna (Bloomfield); Aldeburgh (Hele 188 and Wratislaw, Suff. Inst. iv, 1870, 220); Southwold, var. with light stigmata (Ctw) Lowestoft, Beecles; Gorleston (Mr). Walberswick, August 1937 (Btn).

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-21mm, Wingspan 42-50mm


Confusion species
    AdultWhite Colon, Sideridis albicolon
Dark Arches, Apamea monoglypha
Confused, Apamea furva
Dusky Brocade, Apamea remissa

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Orfordness, Suffolk (viii.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Orfordness (12.viii.2005) © M Deans
Shingle Street, Suffolk (20.vii.2012) © A Prichard
Orfordness, Suffolk (3.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman