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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Athetis Hübner

Hydrillula Tams.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate (moniliform). Labial palps ascending.

Wingspan 24–36 mm. The female much smaller and darker; thorax and abdomen coloured like the forewings. Forewings violet grey-brown in the male, darker fuscous and purplish tinged in the female; purple, purplish, red, pinkish or rosy, or pale fuscous, or fuscous; neither green nor greenish tinged; patterned transversely (with three darker lines); the patterning well marked to obscure (clearer in the larger, paler male); reniform defined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings fuscous (darker in the female); plain; with a clear discal mark to 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. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found May and June.

British representation. 1 species; English Midlands and Northern England; A. pallustris (Marsh Moth).


Illustrations. • A. pallustris (Marsh Moth), and 14 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.’.