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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Egira Duponchel

Xylomyges Guenée.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes hairy; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps short; porrect.

Wingspan 36–42 mm. The dark-crested thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen similar or paler, but darker than the hindwings. Forewings pale to dark fuscous or smoky grey; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked to obscure; reniform defined, or undefined; orbicular defined, or undefined; claviform defined, or undefined. Hindwings white; plain (with dark veins); 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 more or less crested.

Living adults found April to June.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on leaves of diverse Dicots - Prunus, Lotus, Polygonum, etc.; pupating in the soil (near the surface).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England and English Midlands; conspicillaris (The Silver Cloud).


Illustrations. • E. spicillaris (The Silver Cloud), with Panolis and Hadena: Newman. • Hadeninae: 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.’.