Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Adults. Head rough. Face without any conspicuous prominence. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males bipectinate (with filiform apex). Labial palps ascending.
Wingspan 32–38 mm. Head almost white, the thorax ochreous grey, the abdomen paler but darker than the hindwings. Forewings pale ochreous grey; pale ochreous, or pale fuscous; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (darkly, elegantly reticulated, and with a pale yellowish submarginal band); reniform defined (pale yellowish); orbicular defined (pale yellowish); claviform defined. Hindwings whitish, or whitish-fuscous; 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. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen not crested.
Living adults found in July.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on unexpanded Quercus leaves; pupating on the surface of the ground, or in the soil.
British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, and English Midlands; oo (The Heart).
Illustrations. • D. oo (The Heart Moth), with related genera: Newman.
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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’.