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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Emmelia Hübner

Agrophila Boisduval, Erotyla Hübner.

Adults. Face with a rounded prominence (this large, comprising much of the face). Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps medium; porrect to ascending.

Wingspan 20–25 mm. The thorax black and yellow, the abdomen coloured like the hindwings. Forewings yellow and black; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (black-spotted, -streaked and -banded); reniform undefined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined (the stigmata indistinguishable among the black spots and streaks). Hindwings fuscous; plain, or terminally darkened; without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; convergent on vein 4 near their bases. Thorax slightly crested (posteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen slightly, basally crested.

Living adults found June and August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Convolvulus arvensis; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant (or in nearby herbage, drawing leaves together).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England and English Midlands (Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge); trabealis (Spotted Sulphur).


Illustrations. • E. trabealis (Spotted Sulphur), with Heliothidinae and other Acontiinae: Newman. • Acontiinae, Amphipyrinae, Hadeninae and Heliothidinae: 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.’.