Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Placodes Boisduval, Telesilla Herrich-Schaffer.
Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males shortly ciliate. Tongue well developed. Labial palps medium; porrect.
Wingspan 34–38 mm. Thorax coloured like the forewings, abdomen paler and like the hindwings. Forewings somewhat olive brown and ochreous, rosy-tinged; rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked. Hindwings light grey, or fuscous; plain (though with faintly darkened bands); without a clear discal mark; transversely lined to without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4; convergent on vein 4 near their bases. Thorax crested (front and back). Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen crested.
Living adults found in June.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Umbelliferae.
British representation. 1 species (adventive); Northern England (recorded once, in Cumberland); amethystina* (Cumberland Gem, only an unreliable record).
Illustrations. • E. amethystina (Cumberland Gem), with Cuculliinae and Plusiinae: 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. delta-intkey.com’.