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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Jodia Hübner

Hoporina Boisduval, Lampetia Curtis, Oporina Agassiz, Xantholeuca Stephens.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males simple, or ciliate. Labial palps long.

Wingspan 32–38 mm. The thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen pale like the hindwings. Forewings orange-tawny, or dark-ochreous; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; patterned transversely, or complexly patterned; the patterning obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined (the stigmata faintly pale-outlined); claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish, yellowish, and pinkish (rosy tinged); plain; with a clear discal mark to 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. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found September to December, or January to April (hibernating).

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on Quercus foliage; 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, Wales, and Ireland; croceago (Orange Upperwing).


Illustrations. • J. croceago (Orange Upper-wing), and 8 related genera: Newman. • Larvae and pupae: J. croceago, Conistra rubiginea, Agrochola lychnidis: Duponchel and Guénée (1849).

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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.’.