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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Hadena Schrank

Anepia Hampson, Dianthesia, Dianthoecia Boisduval, Epia Hübner, Harmodia Hübner, Miselia Ochsenheimer, Zeteolyga Billberg.

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

Wingspan 27–42 mm. Thorax coloured and marked like the forewings, the abdomen coloured like the hindwings. Forewings grey, fuscous, or ochreous, darker patterned and sometimes purple tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined to undefined. Hindwings light to dark fuscous, or whitish-fuscous, or grey; plain, or terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark, or without a clear discal mark (mostly); transversely lined (with varying degrees of distinctness), or 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 May to August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded to posteriorly tapered; feeding on mainly Caryophyllaceae, often on the flowers and fruits; pupating on the surface of the ground, or in the soil.

British representation. 8 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; albimacula (The White Spot), bicruris (The Lychnis), caesia mananii (The Grey), compta (The Varied Coronet), confusa (The Marbled Coronet), irregularis (The Viper's Bugloss), luteago barrettii (Barrett’s Marbled Coronet), perplexa (The Tawny Shears), rivularis (The Campion).


Illustrations. • 10 British Hadena species, with Panolis and Egira: Newman. • 7 species, with Hadeninae and Cuculliinae: Kirby. • Hadeninae (Hadena, Brithys): Kirby. • Hadeninae: Hadena rivularis (The Campion: B. Ent. 308). • Hadeninae: Hadena rivularis: B. Ent., legend+text. • Hadeninae: Hadena rivularis: B. Ent. 308, text cont.. • Larvae and pupae of H. bicruris, H. confusa, H. albimacula: Duponchel and Guénée (1849).

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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.’.