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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Ceramica Guenée

~ Melanchra Hübner.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes hairy; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 36–42 mm. Thorax coloured like the forewings, abdomen coloured like the hindwings. Forewings reddish brown; reddish brown; complexly patterned; the patterning mainly obscure (but constantly featuring a submarginal, interrupted, wavy, light transverse line which expands into a blotch near the inner angle); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish and fuscous (suffused with whitish), or fuscous and brownish (tinged with reddish brown); plain to conspicuously patterned (fairly plain, though very narrowly dark margined and more or less lined); with a clear discal mark; transversely lined (one or two, sometimes rather clear); exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (front and back). Posterior tibiae without spines (?). Abdomen crested.

Living adults found in June.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded to posteriorly tapered; feeding on Sarothamnus, Myrica, Rubus, Salix, etc., and Bracken.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; pisi (The Broom Moth).


Illustrations. • C. pisi (The Broom Moth), and related genera: Newman. • Noctuinae and Hadeninae: 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.’.