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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Lithacodia Hübner

Protodeltote Ueda.

Adults. Head loosely scaled. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps medium; ascending.

Wingspan 24–30 mm. Head and thorax brown, the abdomen greyer. Forewings blackish, rich brown or dark fuscous and whitish; brown, or fuscous, or blackish; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (marbled, shaded and dotted); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings fuscous; fairly conspicuously patterned (with a conspicuous light band, in L. deceptoria), or plain; with a clear discal mark, or without a clear discal mark; transversely lined, or without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; convergent on vein 4 near their bases. Thorax slightly crested (posteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen (several-) crested.

Living adults found June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on leaves of Molinia and Rubus.

British representation. 2 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Wales, and Ireland; deceptoria (Pretty Marbled), pygarga (Marbled White Spot, = Protodeltote).


Illustrations. • Acontiinae: Lithacodia pygarga (Marbled White-spot: B. Ent. 356). • L. pygarga (Marbled White-spot), with other Heliothidinae and Acontiinae: Newman. • L. deceptoria (Pretty Marbled) and L. pygarga(Marbled White-spot), with other Acontiinae, Amphipyrinae, Hadeninae and Heliothidinae: Kirby.

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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.’.