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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Charanyca Billberg

Grammesia Stephens, Meristis Hübner.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males bipectinate. Labial palps short.

Wingspan 33–40 mm. Head and thorax coloured like the forewings, abdomen like the hindwings. Forewings dingy grey to pale fuscous or somewhat ochreous; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (plain save for three to four clear, dark transverse lines); reniform undefined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings rather dark grey, or fuscous (usually darker than the forewings); plain; 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 in June.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on Plantago and other Dicot herbs; 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; trigrammica (Treble Lines).


Illustrations. • Charanyca trigrammica (Dark Treble Lines): B. Ent. 651. • Charanyca trigrammica: B. Ent. 651, legend+text. • Charanyca trigrammica: B. Ent. 651, text cont.. • C. trigrammica (Treble Lines), and 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.’.