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Light Arches
Apamea lithoxylaea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2322 / 73.163
Photo © Mark Marshall,  13th June, 2015

Similar West Midlands Species
Reddish Light Arches
Apamea sublustris
Forewing: 18-23mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Grasses
Nat 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 106 (76%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
23/08/2019136SO54 - NE Hereford & Marden
02/08/2019136SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
01/08/2019137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
30/07/2019139SJ82 - Eccleshall/Gnosall
27/07/2019137SO72 - Poolhill
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