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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Axylia Hübner

Adults. Head rough. Face without any conspicuous prominence. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps short; porrect to ascending.

Wingspan 30–38 mm. Head, collar and abdomen pale brown, thorax variegated with umber. Forewings pale brown, with darker brown markings; complexly patterned; the patterning obscure (obscurely patterned with streaks and faint lines); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish-fuscous, fuscous, and grey (grey-whitish, termen interruptedly dark fuscous); plain; with a clear discal mark; transversely lined (via a dark, median line), or without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong (distally); arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (front and rear). Middle tibiae with spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found in June.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly humped; feeding on various, unrelated Dicot herbs; pupating on the surface of the ground, or in the soil (on or just below the surface).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (common); A. putris (The Flame).


Illustrations. • Noctuinae: Axylia putris (The Flame), 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.’.