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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Aporophyla Guenée

Adults. Face with a rounded prominence (this horny). Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males dentate, or bipectinate (the apex simple). Labial palps short.

Wingspan 32–46 mm. Forewings grey, fuscous, dark brown, or blackish brown; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined, or undefined. Hindwings silvery white (generally, in males), or white to whitish, or fuscous (in females); plain, or terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark, or without a clear discal mark; transversely lined, or without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (only slightly, front and rear). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found August to October.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on various, unrelated Dicot herbs and grasses, or after hibernation the opening buds of Salix, etc.; pupating in the soil (near the surface).

British representation. 3 species, or 4 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; A. australis (Feathered Brindle), A. lueneburgensis (Northern Deep-brown Dart, = A. lutulenta), A. lutulenta (Deep-brown Dart), A. nigra (Black Rustic).


Illustrations. • A. australis pascuea (Feathered Brindle), A. lutulenta lutulenta (Deep-brown Dart) and Aporophyla nigra (Black Rustic), with related genera: Newman. • A. nigra, with Hadeninae and Cuculliinae: Kirby. • Aporophyla nigra (Black Rustic): Stephens II, 1830.

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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.’.