The Moths of Suffolk
2358 Saltern Ear, Amphipoea fucosa, (Freyer, 1830)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Common in coastal areas, rarely recorded away from the coast

Habitats : Salt-marshes, sand-dunes, fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-July to early September

Larval foodplants : Not known in the wild, probably grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Saltern Ear had only recently been distinguished from other Ear species in Morley's time and is not listed as Suffolk

Aston's Additions : Mr. Austin Richardson recorded this at Southwold on 30.vii.1954 (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. IX, pt. I, p. 13).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 29-35mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultLarge Ear, Amphipoea lucens
Crinan Ear, Amphipoea crinanensis
Ear Moth, Amphipoea oculea

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Dunwich, Suffolk (16.viii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Orfordness, Suffolk (14.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Aldeburgh, Suffolk (25.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Aldeburgh, Suffolk (25.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman