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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Callistege Hübner

Euchidimera, Euclidimera Hampson.

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

Wingspan 30–34 mm. Forewings light and dark fuscous; complexly patterned (with a lobed fascia outlined in yellowish, and a submarginal, transverse yellowish-edged line); the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings yellow and blackish, or yellowish and blackish, or whitish and blackish; conspicuously patterned (chequered and black banded); without a clear discal mark (this not distinguishable in the genera; pattern); transversely lined, or without transverse lines (the lines subsumed in the bands and fasciae); 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. Thorax not crested. Middle tibiae with spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found May and June.

Larvae, pupae. Ventral prolegs 6. Larvae posteriorly rounded to posteriorly tapered; feeding on herbaceous legumes and various grasses; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant (in a brownish cocoon, on a leaf blade).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; C. mi (Mother Shipton).


Illustrations. • C. mi (Mother Shipton), with Catocala promissa, Minucia and Euclidia: Newman. • Catocalinae: 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.’.