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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Actinotia Hübner

Chloantha Boisduval, Cloantha.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps short (the second segment bristly-scaled, the third short and almost concealed).

Wingspan 31–36 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen grey-brown. Forewings purplish-brown or -greyish; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish-fuscous, or fuscous; terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong (distally); arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (front and rear). Middle tibiae with spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found in May.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Hypericum.

British representation. 1 species, or 2 species. Status in Britain indigenous and adventive. South-east England and English Midlands (Kent and Norfolk); A. hypericae (very recent adventive or possible migrant), A. polyodon (Purple Cloud).


Illustrations. • Noctuinae: Actinotia polyodon and 10 related genera: Newman. • A. polyodon Purple Cloud), with Cuculliinae and Amphipyrinaee: 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.’.