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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Caradrina Ochsenheimer

Including Paradrina Boursin.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps short, or medium (rather distant); porrect to ascending.

Wingspan 26–34 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen coloured like the forewings, or the abdomen more nearly matching the pale hindwings. Forewings dingy grey-brown (C. morpheus), or light yellowish-ochreous brown; ochreous, or light brown, or pale fuscous, or fuscous; neither green nor greenish tinged; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; patterned transversely (with a complex pattern of transverse lines and rows of dots); the patterning well marked to obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings white to whitish, or whitish-fuscous; plain, or terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark, or without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found June to August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on foliage and seeds of various Dicot herbs and grasses, with C. clavipalpis sometimes being a pest in grain; pupating on the surface of the ground, or in the soil (then just below the surface).

British representation. 3 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; C. clavipalpis (Pale Mottled Willow, = Paradrina), C. flavirena (Lorimer’s Rustic, = Paradrina, an apparent vagrant of this southern European and Asian species found in Middlesex in 1967), C. morpheus (Mottled Rustic).


Illustrations. • C. morpheus (Mottled Rustic) and C. clavipalpis (Pale Mottled Willow), with 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.’.