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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Anaplectoides McDunnough

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps short to medium; porrect to ascending.

Wingspan 43–53 mm. Head and anterior thorax pale grey, posterior thorax darker, abdomen smoky grey. Forewings grey-green, with many sharply defined black markings and a few light ones; greenish and pale grey, or greenish and grey; greenish tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings fuscous; terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; transversely lined, or 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 June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on various, unrelated Dicot herbs and shrubs; pupating in the soil (near the surface).

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. prasina (Green Arches).


Illustrations. • Noctuinae: A. prasina (Green Arches) and related genera: Newman. • Noctuinae and Hadeninae: 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.’.