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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Ipimorpha Hübner

Plastenis Boisduval, Zenobia Agassiz, Zenobia Oken.

Adults. Head rough. Head without a projecting, horny frontal plate. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps medium to long.

Wingspan 26–34 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen coloured like the forewings, or somewhat paler. Forewings olive grey-brown; greenish, or pale fuscous, or fuscous, or olive brown; patterned transversely (lined and barred); the patterning well marked to obscure; patterned lighter, or lighter and darker; reniform defined; orbicular defined (the stigmata pale-outlined); claviform undefined. Hindwings 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 to September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on Salicaceae, drawing together leaves to form a retreat; pupating on the surface of the ground.

British representation. 2 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; retusa (Double Kidney), subtusa (The Olive).


Illustrations. • I. retusa (The Small Olive) and I. subtusa (The Olive), with 8 related genera: Newman. • Amphipyrinae: Kirby 36 (part) and 38 (part).

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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.’.