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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Lithomoia Hübner


Adults. Head rough. Face without any conspicuous prominence. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 44–52 mm. Thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen like the hindwings. Forewings light and dark grey; pale grey and grey; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; neither shining-metallic nor with shining metallic effects; reniform defined; orbicular defined (as two or three spots); claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish and fuscous, or grey; terminally darkened; with 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 (prominently anteriorly). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found August and September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on shoots of Ericaceae, Betulaceae, Salicaceae, Myrica, Crataegus, etc. - despite the the specific name!; pupating in the soil.

British representation. 1 species; Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, and Wales (local); solidaginis (The Golden-rod Brindle).


Illustrations. • Lithomoia solidaginis (Golden-rod Brindle): B. Ent. 683. • Lithomoia solidaginis: B. Ent. 683, legend+text. • Lithomoia solidaginis: B. Ent. 683, text cont.. • L. solidaginis (Golden-rod Brindle)s, and 9 related genera: Newman. • Cuculliinae: Kirby 37.

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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.’.