Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.
Wingspan 32–40 mm. Head and thorax coloured and mottled like the forewings, the abdomen paler and coloured like the hindwings. Forewings greenish grey or greenish fuscous, to more contrastily black, white and green; green, or greenish tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (the colour boundaries often sharply defined); reniform defined (oblique, fairly indistinct); orbicular defined (pale). Hindwings whitish and grey; terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark to without 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 in September.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on foliage of Quercus; pupating on the surface of the ground, or 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; eremita (Brindled Green).
Illustrations. • D. eremita (Brindled Green), and related genera: Newman. • D. eremita (Brindled Green), with 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’.