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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Blepharita Hampson

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate, or dentate.

Wingspan 40–50 mm. The head and thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen like the hindwings save for the dark crest. Forewings usually rich umber-brown, sometimes lighter grey-brown; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings white and fuscous, or whitish-fuscous, or fuscous; terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark, or without a clear discal mark; transversely lined; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (prominently anteriorly). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found May and June.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on various, unrelated Dicot herbs and shrubs; pupating in the soil.

British representation. 2 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; B. adusta (Dark Brocade), B. satura (Beautiful Arches).


Illustrations. • B. satura (Beautiful Brocade) and B. adusta (Dark Brocade), with related genera: Newman. • B. satura (Beautiful Arches), with other Cuculliinae, Amphipyrinae and Noctuinae: 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.’.