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73.129 (BF2359)

Crinan Ear   

Amphipoea crinanensis
Adult: 4
Resident. Rare.


The Ear moths cannot be reliably distinguished from each other by external features and species identification requires examination of the genitalia.

Record undissected specimens as  Ear moth agg.  Amphipoea oculea agg.

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to flowers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are found during May to July. Pupation site unknown.

Larval foodplants

Unknown in the wild.


Moorland, unimproved grassland and coastal habitats.


Sir Arthur Duncan found the first in Closeburn parish on 28th August 1930, with further records during 1940 and a single in 1943. At Tynron he proved its presence with a number of specimens which are at the National Museums Scotland. There are thirty-one records to date (2010) of the Crinan Ear, which is our rarest “Ear”, and all but one of those are from Dumfriesshire. The lone Kirkcudbrightshire record came from the Silver Flowe in the early 1970s and was checked by R. M. Palmer.

31 record(s) from 8 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2013 1997 2010

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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