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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Pachetra Guenée

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

Wingspan 40–50 mm. Thorax coloured like the dark component of the forewings, the abdomen paler and like the hindwings. Forewings lightish greyish; pale fuscous, or pale grey; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (with sharply defined dark markings); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings light fuscous, or whitish-fuscous; plain; 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. Thorax crested (front and back). Posterior tibiae without spines (?). Abdomen more or less crested.

Living adults found May to July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on grasses, nocturnally; pupating on the surface of the ground.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England (rare and local); sagittigera (The Feathered Ear).


Illustrations. • P. sagittigera britannica (Feathered Ear), with other Hadeninae: Newman. • Pachetra sagittigera (Feathered Ear): Stephens II, 1830.

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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.’.