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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Antitype Hübner

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

Wingspan 32–40 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen pale grey. Forewings grey, or less often olive greenish, with dark markings; greenish, or pale grey, or grey, or olive green; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings white (male), or whitish to whitish-fuscous (female); fairly plain (but with two small, terminal grey fasciae); with a clear discal mark; transversely lined to without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (prominently anteriorly). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found July to September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded to posteriorly tapered; feeding on various, unrelated Dicot herbs and shrubs; pupating in the soil.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (commoner northwards); A. chi (Grey Chi).


Illustrations. • A. chi (Grey Chi) and 8 related genera: Newman. • Hadeninae and Cuculliinae: 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.’.