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Light Arches
Apamea lithoxylaea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2322 / 73.163
Photo © Dave Emley

Similar West Midlands Species
Reddish Light Arches
Apamea sublustris
Forewing: 18-23mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

A common species found across the region.

Found in a wide range of grassy places.

Overwinters as a larva while adults come regularly to light.

Note sometimes mistaken for Reddish Light Arches but that species is generally darker and with clearly-defined reddish-brown wedges on the outer edge.

Recorded in 111 (79%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
30/07/2022140SJ31 - Nesscliffe
30/07/2022136SO53 - SE Hereford & Haugh Wood
30/07/2022140SO58 - Corve Dale/Brown Clee Hill
29/07/2022139SJ84 - Newcastle/Potteries
29/07/2022240SO28 - Newcastle/Clun Forest
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