Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Abrostola Ochsenheimer

Habrrostola Sodovsky, Unca Lhomme, Unca Oken.

Adults. Head rough. Head without a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males shortly ciliate. Tongue well developed. Labial palps medium to long; ascending (second joint bent, terminal straight).

Wingspan 32–40 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen grey-brown. Forewings light fuscous with a broad darker fuscous median band, or light grey with a darker grey median band; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (with complex transverse lines sharply delimiting the median area); patterned lighter and darker, or lighter and darker and in contrasting colours; neither shining-metallic nor with shining metallic effects; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings fuscous; terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; convergent on vein 4 near their bases. Thorax crested. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae with spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found May to August (sometimes double brooded).

Larvae, pupae. Ventral prolegs 8. Larvae posteriorly humped; feeding on Humulus and Urtica; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant.

British representation. 2 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; A. triplasia (Dark Spectacle), A. tripartita (Light Spectacle).


Illustrations. • A. tripartita (Spectacle) and A. triplasia (Dark Spectacle), with Macdunnoughia: photos. • The British species, with 5 other genera of Plusiinae: Newman. • Cuculliinae and Plusiinae: Kirby.

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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae. Version: 8th June 2016.’.