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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Herminia Latreille

Aethia; formerly Polypogon.

Adults. Head loosely scaled. Head with a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps long; ascending.

Wingspan 23–28 mm. Thorax and abdomen concolorous with the forewings, or the abdomen more like the hindwings. Forewings ochreous, irrorated brown; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (with three narrow, darker transverse lines: the first and second dark fuscous, the first straight and the second strongly curved on the upper half, and the subterminal one somewhat curved inwards and running to the apex); orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings pale fuscous, or whitish; conspicuously patterned; without a clear discal mark; twice transversely lined (with a clear, bent, darker subterminal line and a fainter median one); exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; parallel with vein 4. Thorax not crested. The males lacking anterior tarsi. Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found June to July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on foliage of Rubus and Quercus, including dead leaves.

British representation. 2 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Wales, and Ireland; H. grisealis (Small Fan-foot), H. tarsicrinalis (Shaded Fan-foot).


Comments. This description currently applies in detail only to H. grisealis.

Illustrations. • H. grisealis, with Macrochilo cribrumalis and Laspeyria flexula: Leech, 1886. • British Hypeninae (1: Fan-foot Moths). • Ophiderinae and Hypeninae: Kirby 44.

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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.’.