Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Tongue well developed.
Wingspan 30–36 mm. Thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen similar or paler, but usually darker than the hindwings. Forewings dingy ochreous-grey or -brownish; neither green nor greenish tinged; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning obscure (with usually rather faint lines, rows of dots and bands); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings white, or whitish, or whitish-fuscous, or fuscous; plain, or terminally darkened; 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. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen not crested.
Living adults found July and August.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on various, unrelated herbaceous Dicots, but especially Caryophyllaceae; pupating on the surface of the ground, or in the soil (? - in a tight, earthern cocoon).
British representation. 4 species (one adventive); South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; alsines (The Uncertain), ambigua (Vines Rustic), blanda (The Rustic), superstes* (Powdered Rustic).
Illustrations. • H. alsines (The Uncertain) and H. Blanda (The Rustic), with 14 related genera: Newman.
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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. delta-intkey.com’.