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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Elaphria Hübner

Hapalotis Hübner.

Adults. Head smooth. Head without a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 19–23 mm. Head, collar and centre of thorax brown, sides and back of thorax pale, the abdomen coloured like the hindwings. Forewings rosy, creamy grey; rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings pale, dingy fuscous, or whitish brownish; 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 slightly crested (posteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen basally crested.

Living adults found June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on flowers of Rubus, Potentilla, Rumex; pupating on the surface of the ground.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England; venustula (The Rosy Marbled).


Illustrations. • E. venustula (The Rosy Marbled), and 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.’.