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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Allophyes Tams

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

Wingspan 38–48 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen grey-brown, the abdominal crest darker. Forewings dull to reddish brown (dark brown in a common variety) marbled and sprinkled with green scales; greenish tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; exhibiting metallic-enamelled effects (metallic green-suffused); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings fuscous; plain; without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (front and back). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested (with several crests).

Living adults found September and October.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly humped (with a white-marked, divided hump); feeding on woody Rosaceae; pupating on the surface of the ground.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; A. oxyacanthae (Green-brindled Crescent).


Illustrations. • Allophyes oxyacanthae, light and melanic (photos). • Allophyes oxyacanthae, and 9 related genera: Newman. • A. oxyacanthae, with Cuculliinae, Amphipyrinae and Noctuinae: Kirby. • 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.’.