Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Adults. Head rough. Eyes hairy; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps short; porrect (the terminal joint with bristle-like scales).
Wingspan 24–32 mm. Forewings smoky grey, blackish or bright reddish brown; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined, or undefined. Hindwings yellow, or white to whitish; conspicuously patterned (with a contrasty, dark or blackish terminal band); with a clear discal mark, or 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 with spines to without spines. Abdomen more or less crested.
Living adults found May to July.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on various Ericaceae; pupating on the surface of the ground.
British representation. 3 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; A. cordigera (Small Dark Yellow Underwing), A. melanopa (Broad-bordered White Underwing), A. myrtilli (Beautiful Yellow Underwing).
Illustrations. • Hadeninae: Anarta myrtilli (Beautiful Yellow Underwing: B. Ent. 145). • Anarta myrtilli: B. Ent. 145, legend+text. • Anarta myrtilli: B. Ent. 145, text cont.. • Hadeninae: A. melanopa and A. cordigera, with related genera: Newman. • Acontiinae, Amphipyrinae, Hadeninae and Heliothidinae: 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. delta-intkey.com’.