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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Eublemma Hübner

Anthophila Ochsenheimer, Eromene Hübner, Trothisa Hübner.

Adults. Head smooth (with loosely appressed hairs or scales). Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps medium; ascending.

Wingspan 14–25 mm. Forewings whitish, ochreous, pale fuscous, or purplish grey; neither green nor greenish tinged; patterned transversely, or patterned transversely and longitudinally streaked, or complexly patterned; the patterning well marked, or obscure. Hindwings white to whitish, or whitish-fuscous, or fuscous, or ochreous; 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 not crested. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found June to August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Compositae (mainly the flowers) - Carlina, Inula, Gnaphalium, Antennaria.

British representation. 3 species (one adventive); South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, and Wales; minutata* (Scarce Marbled), ostrina (Purple Marbled), parva (Small Marbled).


Illustrations. • Eublemma ostrina (Purple Marbled: B. Ent. 140). • Eublemma ostrina: B. Ent. 140, legend+text. • Eublemma ostrina: B. Ent. 140, text cont.. • Eublemma parva (Small Marbled), 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.’.