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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Luperina Boisduval

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Tongue poorly developed. Labial palps short.

Wingspan 30–52(–62) mm. Thorax and abdomen coloured like the forewings, with the abdomen darker than the hindwings. Forewings dingy light brownish or greyish brown; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked to obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined to undefined. Hindwings white, or whitish, or whitish-fuscous; plain; 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 rear), or not crested. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen crested, or not crested.

Living adults found June and July, or August to October.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on grasses, amongst stems and roots.

British representation. 4 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; L. dumerilii (Dumeril’s Luperina), L. nickerlii (Sand-hill Rustic), L. testacea (Flounced Rustic), L. zollikoferi (Scarce Arches).


Comments. L. zollikoferi, a larger insect than the rest, was formerly placed with Apamea species, which the adult more closely resembles in available illustrations.

Illustrations. • L. dumerilii (Dumerilís Luperina) and L. testacea (Flounced Rustic), with 6 related genera: Newman. • L. testacea (Flounced Rustic), with Cuculliinae, Amphipyrinae and Noctuinae: Kirby 40.

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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.’.