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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Dasypolia Guenée

Adults. Head rough (-haired). Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate (double-fasciculate). Tongue poorly developed.

Wingspan 42–48 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen coloured like the forewings. Forewings ochreous grey, more ochreous in males; patterned transversely; the patterning obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined to undefined. Hindwings fuscous and ochreous (pale ochreous, fuscous-sprinkled); fairly plain, or conspicuously patterned (faintly to fairly conspicuously darker-banded); without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (or narrowly twice banded); exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax not crested (densely hairy); densely hairy beneath. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found October to December, or January to March (hibernating).

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Heracleum roots; pupating in the soil.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (local, commoner northwards); templi (Brindled Ochre).


Illustrations. • Dasypolia templi (Brindled Ochre): photo. • D. templi (Brindled Ochre), and related genera: Newman. • Cuculliinae (Dasypolia templi): Kirby. Dasypolia templi (Brindled Ochre).

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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.’.