Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Epunda Duponchel, ~Polymixis.
Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males bipectinate.
Wingspan 35–40 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen coloured like the forewings. Forewings greenish grey; greenish tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked, or obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings white to whitish, or grey; plain; with a clear discal mark; without transverse lines (1–2); exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (prominently anteriorly). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.
Living adults found August and September.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on various low growing plants, e.g. Senecio jacobaea; 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, Wales, and Ireland; lichenea (Feathered Ranunculus).
Illustrations. • E. lichenea (Feathered Ranunculus), and 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. delta-intkey.com’.