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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Cryphia Hübner

Bryophila Treitschke, Bryopsis Boursin, Euthales Hübner, Poecilia Schrank.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males (fasciculate-) ciliate.

Wingspan 23–30 mm. Head and thorax coloured like the forewings, abdomen like the hindwings. Forewings pale grey, grey-green or greenish; greenish tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined. Hindwings whitish, or whitish-fuscous, or fuscous, or grey; plain, or terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark, or without a clear discal mark; transversely lined, or without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (slightly, posteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found July and August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae conspicuously hairy; with red markings, or without red markings; posteriorly rounded, or posteriorly tapered; feeding on lichens; pupating in or under bark or rotten wood (usually in crevices).

British representation. 4 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; algae* (Tree-lichen Beauty), domestica (perla: Marbled Beauty), muralis (Marbled Green), raptricula* (Marbled Grey).


Illustrations. • C. algae (Tree-lichen Beauty), C. domestica (Marbled beauty) and C. muralis (Marbled Green), with other Acronictinae: Newman (1869). • Acronictinae (Cryphia): Kirby.

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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.’.