Large Nutmeg Apamea anceps: Distribution map

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Large Nutmeg Apamea anceps

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Wingspan 35-40 mm.

Distributed throughout much of England, though most common in the south-east, it is local or rare elsewhere, to northern England and Wales.

Inhabiting dry pasture and woodland fringes, the adults fly in June and July, and are attracted to light and sugar.

The larvae feed on grasses, including annual meadow-grass (Poa annua) and cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), eating the flowers and leaves.
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