Light Arches - Apamea lithoxylaea


Wingspan 43-50 mm. Has a pale and rather ragged appearance.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits dry pastures and similarly grassy places

When to see it

The flight period is between June and August, this species responds to light to a certain extent , but is more frequent at sugar

Life History

The larvae feed on a number of grasses, on the stems and roots.

UK Status

Fairly common throughout most of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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