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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Heliophobus Boisduval

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

Wingspan 40–44 mm. Head and thorax variegated the colours of the forewings, the abdomen lighter like the hindwings. Forewings rich umber brown with lighter and darker markings, sometimes somewhat purplish tinged; purple, purplish, red, pinkish or rosy, or brown; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; patterned lighter and darker; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings whitish-fuscous; terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark; transversely lined, 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 June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Polygonaceae, Caryophyllaceae and other herbaceous Dicots; pupating in the soil (just beneath the surface).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, and Wales; reticulata (Bordered Gothic).


Illustrations. • Hadeninae: H. reticulata (Bordered Gothic), and 8 related genera (Newman). • 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.’.