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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Dichonia Hübner

Agriopis Boisduval, Griposia Tams.

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

Wingspan 42–52 mm. The head and thorax green and black like the forewings, the abdomen coloured like the hindwings. Forewings green and black; green and black; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (with black lines and dots, and usually a narrow, pale sub-terminal band); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings grey; fairly plain, or conspicuously patterned (rather clearly light- and dark-banded); with a clear discal mark; transversely lined; 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 September and October.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded, or posteriorly tapered; feeding on Quercus foliage; 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); aprilina (Merveille du jour).

Cuculliinae.

Illustrations. • D. aprilina (Merveille-du-jour): photo. • D. aprilina (Merveille-du-jour), and related genera: Newman. • Cuculliinae, Amphipyrinae and Noctuinae: 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. delta-intkey.com’.

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