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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Euplexia Stephens

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 30–35 mm. Head and thorax dark brown, abdomen greyer. Forewings rich umber brown with rosy pattern; rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (the rosy submarginal band contrasting with the dark base and margin); reniform defined (large, conspicuous, pale); orbicular defined (indistinct); claviform undefined. Hindwings fuscous, or fuscous and pinkish; terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark; transversely lined; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (front and rear). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly humped; feeding on foliage of Salix and Betula, also fern fronds; pupating in the soil.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (common); lucipara (Small Angle Shades).


Illustrations. • Euplexia lucipara (Small Angle-shades): B. Ent. 619. • Euplexia lucipara: B. Ent. 619, legend+text. • Euplexia lucipara: B. Ent. 619, text cont.. • E. lucipara, and related genera: Newman. • Amphipyrinae: 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.’.