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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Laspeyria Germar

Aventia Duponchel.

Adults. Head smooth. Head with a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps medium; porrect.

Wingspan 28–36 mm. Forewings olive grey; pale grey, or grey, or olive brown, or olive green; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (with three dark-edged light lines); reniform defined (as a pair of obliquely placed dark dots); orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish and ochreous, or whitish-fuscous and fuscous (sprinkled black); conspicuously patterned; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; parallel with vein 4. Thorax not crested. Middle tibiae without spines (?). Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales (or loose-haired). Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on the lichens and algae growing on various shrubs and trees (including conifers); pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant, or in or under bark or rotten wood (?).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, and Wales; flexula (Beautiful Hook-tip).


Illustrations. • L. flexula (Beautiful Hook-tip), with other Ophiderinae and Hypeninae: Kirby 44. • L. flexula, with Macrochilo cribrumalis and Herminia grisealis: Leech, 1886. • British Ophiderinae.

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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.’.