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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Agrochola Hübner

Anchocelis, Anthocelis, Anchoscelis Guenée.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 30–36 mm. Forewings leaden brown, ochreous or reddish brown, yellowish-ochreous, ochreous grey, or orange; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; patterned transversely, or complexly patterned; the patterning well marked to obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings fuscous, or grey; plain, or terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark, or without a clear discal mark (mostly); without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (only slightly, anteriorly). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found September and October.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on divers Dicot trees, shrubs and herbs.

British representation. 7 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; A. circellaris (The Brick), A. haematidea (Southern Chestnut, a possible recent colonist), A. helvola (Flounced Chestnut), A. litura (Brown-spot Pinion), A. lota (Red-line Quaker), A. lychnidis (Beaded Chestnut), A. macilenta (Yellow-line Quaker).

Acronictinae.

Illustrations. • 6 British Agrochola species, with 3 related genera: Newman. • Agrochola macilenta (Yellow-line Quaker): Stephens II, 1830. • Larvae and pupae of A. lychnidis, Jodia croceago, Conistra rubiginea: Duponchel and Guénée (1849).


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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. delta-intkey.com’.

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