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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Bena Billberg

Hylophilina Warren.

Adults. Head loosely haired. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males simple. Tongue well developed. Labial palps short; less than three times the diameter of the eyes; ascending.

Wingspan 40–48 mm. Forewings bright green, with yellowish costa; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (crossed by two transverse, nearly parallel yellowish lines); reniform undefined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings white; plain; without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; convergent on vein 4 near their bases. Retinaculum of males represented by a sub-median tuft of hairs. Thorax thinly hairy beneath. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found in July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly tapered; feeding on Quercus foliage; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant (in a boat-shaped cocoon).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Wales, and Ireland; B. bicolorana (Scarce Silver Lines).


Illustrations. • Chloephorinae: Bena bicolorana (Scarce Silver Lines: B. Ent. 575). • Bena bicolorana: B. Ent. 575, legend+text. • Bena bicolorana: B. Ent. 575, text cont.. • B. bicolorana (Scarce Silver-lines) and other Chloephorinae: 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.’.