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 38–44 mm. Forewings greyish-whitish and rich sepia brown; neither green nor greenish tinged; rosy marked or tinged, or neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (with the dark central region sharply demarcated); reniform defined; orbicular defined to undefined (sometimes reduced to a mere dash); claviform undefined. Hindwings fuscous; plain; 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 rear). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.
Living adults found in June.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae not conspicuously hairy; feeding on foliage of various, unrelated Dicot shrubs and herbs - Rubus, Salix, Vaccinium, Impatiens, Polygonum, etc.; pupating in the soil (just below the surface).
British representation. 1 species; Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, and Ireland; rectilinea (The Saxon).
Illustrations. • H. rectilinea (The Saxon), with 7 related genera: Newman. • H. rectilinea, with Cuculliinae, Amphipyrinae and Noctuinae: Kirby 40.
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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’.