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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Gortyna Ochsenheimer

Ochria Hübner.

Adults. Head with a projecting, triangular horny frontal plate (concealed in dense scales). Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 32–42 mm. Thorax ochreous-orange-yellow and purplish brown, the abdomen paler and coloured like the hindwings. Forewings orange-ochreous-yellow; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (colour limits sharply defined, with purplish-brown bands, streaks and stigmatal outlines); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined (D-shaped). Hindwings white to whitish, or fuscous, or ochreous; plain to terminally darkened (with an indistinct sub-marginal band); with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; indistinctly transversely lined; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (anteriorly and posteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled.

Living adults found August and September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on Arctium, Cirsium, Eupatorium, Verbascum, Digitalis, Sambucus, etc., within the stems; pupating within the stems of the foodplant (generally near the ground).

British representation. 2 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (local); flavago (Frosted Orange), borelii lunata (Fisher’s Estuarine Moth.


Illustrations. • G. flavago (The Frosted Orange), 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.’.