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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Amphipoea Billberg

Adults. Head rough. Head without a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Tongue well developed. Labial palps short to medium; porrect to ascending.

Wingspan 28–40 mm. Head, palps and collar rich red-brown, thorax darker, abdomen grey-brown or reddish towards the tip. Forewings ferrugineous or yellow-brown; ochreous, or orange, or light brown, or brown; neither green nor greenish tinged; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; plain, or patterned transversely, or complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined, or undefined. Hindwings fuscous; plain, or terminally darkened; 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 rear). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found August and September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on the lower stems of grasses; pupating in the soil.

British representation. 4 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; A. crinanensis (Crinan Ear), A. fucosa paludis (Saltern Ear), A. lucens (Large Ear), A. oculea (The Ear).


Illustrations. • Amphipoea spp. (The Ear), and 6 related genera: Newman. • Amphipyrinae: 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.’.