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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Cerapteryx Curtis

Adults. Head rough. Eyes hairy; not ciliated. Antennae of males bipectinate (simple apically).

Wingspan 28–37 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen brown, the latter rufous tinged. Forewings reddish brown, or purplish-tinged grey-brown; longitudinally streaked; the patterning well marked (dominated by contrasty, light longitudinal streaks and the stigmata); reniform defined (pale); orbicular defined; claviform defined to undefined. Hindwings fuscous, or grey; 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 not crested. Posterior tibiae without spines (?). Abdomen crested (with a small, basal crest).

Living adults found July to September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on grasses, underground amongst the roots; pupating in the soil.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (common in dry grassy places); graminis (Antler Moth).


Illustrations. • Hadeninae: Cerapteryx graminis Linn. ab. hibernicus Curtis (Original generic description. Antler: B. Ent. 451). • Cerapteryx graminis Linn. ab. hibernicus Curtis (B. Ent. 451, legend+text). • Cerapteryx graminis Linn. ab. hibernicus Curtis (B. Ent. 451, text cont.). • C. graminis (The Antler 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.’.