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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Colobochyla Hübner

Madopa Stephens.

Adults. Head loosely scaled. Head with a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males strongly ciliate. Labial palps medium to long; porrect to ascending.

Wingspan 28–33 mm. Thorax grey, abdomen coloured like the hindwings. Forewings grey; pale grey, or grey; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (with three light-edged, dark red transverse lines); reniform undefined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings pale fuscous; more or less plain; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (only near the hind margin); exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; parallel with vein 4. Thorax not crested. Middle tibiae without spines (?). Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Salicaceae; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England (scarce and local, perhaps extinct); salicalis (Lesser Belle).


Illustrations. • C. salicalis (Lesser Belle), with Herminiinae, Hypeninae and Rivulinae: Leech, 1886. • Ophiderinae and Rivulinae: 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.’.