Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Lepidoptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Contents

The key and descriptions were generated from a DELTA database (Dallwitz 1980; Dallwitz, Paine, and Zurcher 1993).

Introduction

Interactive key, including interactive information retrieval • Hints on using the interactive key

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 are offered for casual browsing only. We strongly advise against extracting comparative information from them. This is much more easily achieved using the interactive key.

The bold parts in the descriptions are diagnostic descriptions, generated with the aid of Intkey (Dallwitz, Paine, and Zurcher 1995). 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. Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Lepidoptera. Version: 16th May 2016. delta-intkey.com’.

Insect groups treated separately in the ‘Insects of Britain and Ireland’ package

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