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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Chrysodeixis Hübner

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males shortly ciliate. Tongue well developed. Labial palps medium to long; ascending.

Wingspan 34–46 mm. Head and thorax coloured like the forewings, abdomen like the hindwings. Forewings shiny purplish brown or grey-brown, with shining silvery-white median marks; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; exhibiting metallic-enamelled effects; reniform defined to undefined; orbicular undefined. Hindwings fuscous and yellowish (C. chilodes), or fuscous and grey; plain (C. chilodes), or terminally darkened (C. acuta); without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; convergent on vein 4 near their bases. Thorax crested. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae with spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found May to August.

Larvae, pupae. Ventral prolegs 4, or 6 (?). Larvae feeding on various, unrelated Dicot herbs and Lonicera; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant (?).

British representation. 2 species (both adventive); South-east England; acuta (Tunbridge Wells Gem)*, chalcites* (Golden Twin Spot).


Illustrations. • C. acuta (Tunbridge Wells Gem), with other adventive or casual Plusiinae: Swain.

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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.’.