The Moths of Suffolk
2360 Ear Moth, Amphipoea oculea, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Grassland, heathland, fens, scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to September

Larval foodplants : Grasses, lower stems and roots

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant throughout the County, especially on ragwort flowers in August; Tostock by Tuck.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-15mm, Wingspan 29-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultLarge Ear, Amphipoea lucens
Saltern Ear, Amphipoea fucosa
Crinan Ear, Amphipoea crinanensis

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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Eye (25.vii.2001) © Paul Kitchener
Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (26.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman