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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Eupsilia Hübner

Scopelosoma Curtis, Mecoptera Guenée.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 40–48 mm. Head and thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen paler reddish-grey. Forewings reddish brown; reddish brown; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (with several dark lines); reniform defined (often indicated by a conspicuous white spot); orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings fuscous, or grey, or grey and pinkish (smoky, sometimes rosy tinged); plain; with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found October to December, or January to March (hibernating).

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on Quercus, Ulmus and Fagus, and consuming other caterpillars; 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); transversa (The Satellite).


Illustrations. • Eupsilia transversa (The Satellite): B. Ent. 635. • Eupsilia transversa: B. Ent. 635, legend+text. • Eupsilia transversa: B. Ent. 635, text cont.. • E. transversa and and related genera: Newman. • E. transversa, with other Cuculliinae: 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.’.