Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09831 Large Ear Amphipoea lucens, (Freyer, 1845)

BF2357 (ABH73.127)


General Information

The 'Ear' moths, or Amphipoea species are so alike that it is not usually reliable to distinguish them without genital examination.


Pupates in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 14-17mm.
Foodplant(s): Purple Moor-grass (Molinia caerulea), Common Cottongrass (Eriophorum angustifolium)
Flying: One generation, August-September
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Wet acid moorland and marshes.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Ear Moth Amphipoea oculea
Saltern Ear Amphipoea fucosa
Six-striped Rustic Xestia sexstrigata

Larva Type:
Grey, blue, brown, purple, black, orange
No. of Proleg Pairs: