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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Cleoceris Duponchel

Brachylomia Hampson.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males bipectinate.

Wingspan 29–34 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen coloured like the forewings. Forewings light grey, or fuscous; longitudinally streaked; the patterning fairly obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined to undefined. Hindwings whitish, or grey; 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. Thorax crested (prominently anteriorly). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found in July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on Salix shoots; pupating on the surface of the ground.

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); viminalis (Minor Shoulder-knot).


Illustrations. • Cleoceris viminalis (Brachylomia viminalis), Minor Shoulder-knot (photos). • C. viminalis (Minor Shoulder-knot), 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.’.