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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Discestra Hampson

Adults. Head rough. Eyes hairy; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 34–38 mm. Head and thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen paler like the hindwings. Forewings dark grey to blackish fuscous; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings whitish-fuscous, or grey; plain to terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark, or without 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 (front and back). Posterior tibiae without spines (?). Abdomen crested.

Living adults found June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on (especially) Chenopodiaceae and Polygonaceae.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; trifolii (The Nutmeg).

Hadeninae.

Illustrations. • Hadeninae: D. trifolii (The Nutmeg), and related genera: Newman. • D. trifolii, with Hadeninae and Cuculliinae: 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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