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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Celaena Stephens

Helotropha Lederer.

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

Wingspan 26–40 mm. Thorax tinted like the forewings, the abdomen like the hindwings. Forewings rich umber- or reddish brown, or in C. leuecostigma umber-brown or grey and umber; neither green nor greenish tinged; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; patterned transversely, or complexly patterned; the patterning well marked, or obscure (complexly and clearly patterned in C. haworthii, obscurely so or manifesting clear transverse lines only in C. leucostigma); reniform defined (often brilliant white); orbicular defined to undefined; claviform defined, or undefined. Hindwings dark fuscous; plain to 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. Thorax crested (front and rear). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found July and August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae not conspicuously hairy; feeding on Cyperaceae and Iris, in the stems.

British representation. 2 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; haworthii (Haworth’s Minor), leucostigma (The Crescent).


Illustrations. • C. leucostigma (The Crescent) and C. haworthii (Haworth’s Minor), with related genera: Newman. • Cuculliinae: Celaena haworthii (Curtis): Haworth's Minor: B. Ent. 260. • Celaena haworthii (B. Ent. 260, legend+text). • Celaena haworthii (B. Ent. 260, text cont.).

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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.’.