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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Hada Billberg

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

Wingspan 32–40 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen coloured and variegated like the forewings. Forewings grey to fuscous; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; patterned lighter and darker (with sharp dark markings); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings grey; terminally darkened; 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. Thorax crested (front and back). Posterior tibiae without spines (?). Abdomen more or less crested.

Living adults found June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded to posteriorly tapered; feeding on Compositae , Caryophyllaceae and Polygonaceae; 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, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; plebeja (The Shears).


Illustrations. • Hadeninae: H. plebeja (The Shears), and related genera: Newman. • H. plebeja, with Hadeninae and 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.’.