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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Chilodes Herrich-Schäffer

Adults. Head fairly smooth (with loosely appressed scales). Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Tongue poorly developed.

Wingspan 29–36 mm. Head and thorax pale brown, abdomen silky white. Forewings pale brown, silky-shiny; plain, or patterned transversely; the patterning well marked to obscure (plain, or with few to a complex of markings restricted to the stigmatal dots and dots mostly representing the outer line); reniform defined, or undefined; orbicular defined, or undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings white, or whitish, or whitish-fuscous (more or less pearly); plain; with a clear discal mark, or without a clear discal mark; transversely lined, or without transverse lines (then with a short row of longitudinally elongated dots); exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (anteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Phragmites, inside the stems, eating pith and perhaps larvae and pupae of other reed insects.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, and English Midlands; maritimus (Silky Wainscot).


Illustrations. • C. peltigera (Silky Wainscot), 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.’.