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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Enargia Hübner

Euperia Guenée.

Adults. Head rough. Head without a projecting, horny frontal plate. Eyes glabrous; ciliated, or not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 34–44 mm. Thorax coloured like the forewings, abdomen lighter and either similar to or darker than the hindwings. Forewings ochreous, or light to dark brown; ochreous, or light brown, or brown; neither green nor greenish tinged; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; patterned transversely, or complexly patterned; the patterning well marked to obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined, or undefined; claviform defined, or undefined. Hindwings pale yellowish, or fuscous, or grey; plain, or terminally darkened; 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. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found July and August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded to posteriorly tapered; feeding on foliage of Betula, Quercus, Salix and Populus tremula; 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, and Wales; paleacea (Angle-striped Sallow).


Illustrations. • E. paleacea (Angle-striped Sallow), with 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.’.