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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Calophasia Stephens

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

Wingspan 26–32 mm. Head and thorax coloured like the forewings, abdomen lighter and like the hindwings. Forewings light grey in C. platyptera, light grey and olive grey in C. lunula; pale grey, or grey, or greenish and pale grey; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked, or obscure (C. platyptera); reniform defined, or undefined; orbicular defined, or undefined; claviform defined, or undefined (C. platyptera seemingly lacking stigmata). Hindwings white and grey, or whitish and grey; terminally darkened; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined, or without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (strongly medianly and posteriorly). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found May and June, or August and September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Linaria, Antirrhinum; pupating on the surface of the ground, or in the soil (?).

British representation. 2 species. Status in Britain seemingly indigenous (C. lunula), or alien. South-east England; C. lunula (Toadflax Brocade), C. platyptera (Antirrhinum Brocade, with only an 1896 record from Brighton).


Illustrations. • C. lunula (Toadflax Brocade) and C. platyptera (Antirrhinum Brocade), with Lithophane and Meganephria: Newman. • Cuculliinae: Kirby. • Larvae and pupae of C. lunula and Periphanes delphinii: Duponchel and Guénée (1849).

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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.’.