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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Leucochlaena Hampson

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males bipectinate (to the apex). Labial palps short.

Wingspan 28–36 mm. Thorax coloured like the forewings, darkened at the front and sides, the abdomen lighter like the hindwings. Forewings slightly rosy ochreous and fuscous or umber brown; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings pale grey, or whitish to whitish-fuscous, or fuscous; plain, or terminally darkened; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined, or without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax slightly crested (at the back). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found in September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on grasses; pupating on the surface of the ground, or in the soil (?).

British representation. 1 species; Central-southern England, South-west England, and English Midlands; oditis (Beautiful Gothic).


Illustrations. • L. oditis (Beautiful Gothic), and 9 related genera.

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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.’.