British Insects: the Families of Lepidoptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Contents

Introduction

Interactive key, including interactive information retrieval

The interactive key allows free choice of characters, is easy to use, and can lead to correct identifications in spite of occasional errors. It can display all the illustrations, full and partial descriptions, diagnostic descriptions, differences and similarities between taxa, lists of taxa exhibiting or lacking specified attributes, and distributions of character states within any set of taxa.

Character list •  General morphology of Lepidoptera • Implicit attributes

Notes on John Curtis’s British Entomology • Notes on Edward Newman’s British Moths and British Butterflies • Updated insect names for John Curtis’s British Entomology • Updated plant names for John Curtis’s British Entomology • Updated legends for Stainton’s Natural History of the Tineina • Updated legends for Jacob Hübner’s Sammlung europäischer Schmetterlinge • Notes on melanism in British moths • Notes on the scanning of the images

Poems on insects by Giles Watson

Acknowledgements • References • Citation • Contacts, conditions of use, contributions

Descriptions

These descriptions were generated from a DELTA database (Dallwitz 1980; Dallwitz, Paine, and Zurcher 1993). The bold parts are diagnostic descriptions, generated with the aid of Intkey (Dallwitz et al. 1993). They distinguish most taxa in at least one respect from the other taxa.

• Adelidae • Alucitidae • Arctiidae • Autostichidae

• Blastobasidae

• Choreutidae • Cochylidae • Coleophoridae • Cossidae • Crambidae • Ctenuchidae

• Danaidae • Douglasiidae • Drepanidae

• Elachistidae • Endromidae • Epermeniidae • Eriocraniidae • Ethmiidae • Eucosmidae

• Gelechiidae • Geometridae • Glyphipterygidae • Gracillariidae

• Heliodinidae • Heliozelidae • Hepialidae • Hesperiidae • Hieroxestidae

• Incurvariidae

• Lasiocampidae • Limacodidae • Lycaenidae • Lymantriidae • Lyonetiidae

• Micropterigidae • Momphidae

• Nepticulidae • Noctuidae • Nolidae • Notodontidae • Nymphalidae

• Oecophoridae • Opostegidae

• Papilionidae • Phyllocnistidae • Pieridae • Psychidae • Pyralidae • Pterophoridae

• Riodinidae

• Saturniidae • Satyridae • Schreckensteiniidae • Scythridae • Sesiidae • Sphingidae • Stathmopodidae

• Thyatiridae • Tineidae • Tischeriidae • Tortricidae

• Yponomeutidae

• Zygaenidae


Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: the families of Lepidoptera. Version: 29th December 2011. http://delta-intkey.com’.

Insect groups treated separately in the ‘British Insects’ package

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