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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Atethmia Hübner

Cirraedia, Cirredia, Cirroedia Guenée.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps short (the terminal segment very small and naked).

Wingspan 32–36 mm. Head and thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen coloured like the hindwings. Forewings orange yellow, banded with purplish brown; purplish marked or tinged; patterned transversely, or complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined, or undefined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish, or whitish-fuscous (or ochreous-tinged posteriorly); 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. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found in September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on Fraxinus foliage; pupating in or under bark or rotten wood, or on the surface of the ground.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, and Wales; A. centrago (A. xerampelina: Centre-barred Sallow).


Illustrations. • Cuculliinae: Atethmia centrago (Centre-barred Sallow: B. Ent. 84). • Atethmia centrago: B. Ent. 84, legend. • A. centrago (Centre-barred Sallow) and related genera: Newman.

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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.’.