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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Craniophora Snellen

Bisulcia Chapman.

Adults. Head without a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males minutely ciliate.

Wingspan 35–43 mm. Thorax marbled dark brown and pale like the forewings, the abdomen coloured like the hindwings. Forewings dark rich brown to umber, sometimes green-tinged; greenish, or light brown, or brown; complexly patterned (marbled, mottled and transversely lined); the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined. Hindwings fuscous; plain to terminally darkened; with 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 (somewhat, posteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae conspicuously hairy; without red markings; posteriorly tapered; feeding on foliage of Fraxinus, Alnus, Corylus, Ligustrum; pupating in or under bark or rotten wood.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Wales, and Ireland; ligustri (The Coronet).


Illustrations. • C. ligustri (The Coronet), with other Acronictinae: Newman (1869).

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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.’.