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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Macdunnoughia Kostrowicki

Paraplusia Mukerji and Krishnamorthy.

Adults. Eyes ciliated.

Thorax coloured like the forewings, tha abdomen lighter like the hindwings. Forewings shiny purplish brown or grey-brown, with a shining silvery-white median mark; purple, purplish, red, pinkish or rosy, or fuscous; neither green nor greenish tinged; complexly patterned (lined, shaded and marbled); the patterning well marked; predominantly shining-metallic, or exhibiting metallic-enamelled effects. Hindwings fuscous, or fuscous and pinkish; terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; transversely lined to 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. Middle tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found July to October.

Larvae, pupae. Ventral prolegs 4, or 6 (?). Larvae feeding on “Urtica, Mentha, Achillea, etc.”.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England and Northern England (taken in Surrey, Kent, Essex and Cumberland); confusa (Dewick’s Plusia).


Illustrations. • Macdunnoughia confusa (Dewick's Plusia), with Abrostola: photos. • M. confusa, with adventive or casual Plusiinae.

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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.’.