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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Lacanobia Billberg

Diataraxia Hübner, Papestra Sukhareva, Peucephila Hampson.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes hairy; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 32–46 mm. Thorax and abdomen coloured like the forewings, or the abdomen lighter and like the hindwings. Forewings light-and-dark fuscous or grey, sometimes rosy- or purplish-tinged, or rich brown in L. oleracea; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings whitish, or whitish-fuscous, or fuscous, or grey; plain, or terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark, or 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 back). Posterior tibiae without spines (?). Abdomen more or less crested.

Living adults found May and June, or August and September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded, or posteriorly tapered; feeding on foliage of diverse trees, shrubs, Dicot herbs and even Pteridium; pupating in the soil.

British representation. 8 species (one adventive); South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; blenna* (The Stranger), biren (Glaucous Shears, = Papestra), contigua (Beautiful Brocade), oleracea (Bright-line Brown-eye), suasa (Dog's Tooth), thalassina (Pale-shouldered Brocade), w-latinum (Light Brocade).


Illustrations. • The 7 British species, with related genera: Newman. • 4 spcies, with Hadeninae and Cuculliinae: Kirby. • Noctuinae (1–10) and Hadeninae: Kirby 35.

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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.’.