The Moths of Suffolk
2333 Large Nutmeg, Apamea anceps, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Grassland (particularly on chalky soils), fens, open woodland, gardens, scrub, heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to July

Larval foodplants : Grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring also to Rustic Shoulder-knot) frequent everywhere at dusk, sugar and light in summer.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-21mm, Wingspan 38-44mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPale Shining Brown, Polia bombycina
Crescent Striped, Apamea oblonga
Dusky Brocade, Apamea remissa
Rustic Shoulder-knot, Apamea sordens

Compare confusion species
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Eye, Suffolk (8.vi.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (2.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (18.vi.2006) © A Prichard
Great Cornard, Suffolk (4.vi.2006) © Stuart Read
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (3.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (24.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener