Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09828 Ear Moth Amphipoea oculea, (Linnaeus, 1761)

BF2360 (ABH73.128)


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 loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light.
Often found feeding during day

Forewing length: 12-15mm.
Foodplant(s): Annual Meadow-grass (Poa annua), Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa), Butterbur (Petasites hybridus), grasses
Flying: One generation, late July-September
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Grassland, heathland, fens and scrub.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Saltern Ear Amphipoea fucosa
Large Ear Amphipoea lucens
Crescent Helotropha leucostigma (=Celaena)
Six-striped Rustic Xestia sexstrigata

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