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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Euclidia Hübner

Ectypa Billberg, Ectypha.

Adults. Head rough. Head without a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps short to medium; ascending.

Wingspan 28–34 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen dark grey-brown. Forewings ochreous to dark brown, sometimes purplish-tinted; patterned transversely, or complexly patterned; the patterning well marked to obscure; reniform defined to undefined (represented by an ill-defined cloud); orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings dark fuscous and yellowish; conspicuously patterned (with dark base, median transverse line and marginal band); without a clear discal mark; transversely lined; 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. The males with anterior tarsi; not fan-footed. Middle tibiae with spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found May and June.

Larvae, pupae. Ventral prolegs 8. Larvae feeding on Trifolium; pupating on the surface of the ground.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; glyphica (Burnet Companion).


Illustrations. • Euclidia glyphica (Burnet Companion): B. Ent. 659. • Euclidia glyphica: B. Ent. 659, legend+text. • Euclidia glyphica: B. Ent. 659, text cont.. • E. glyphica, with Catocala promissa, Minucia and Callistege: Newman. • Catocalinae: 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.’.