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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Macrochilo Hübner

Adults. Head loosely scaled. Head with a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males bipectinate (and thickened below the middle). Labial palps long; obliqely ascending.

Wingspan 25–29 mm. Forewings whitish-fuscous or pale brownish; patterned transversely; the patterning fairly well marked (with a clear postmedian dotted line, and a parallel, faint submarginal one); reniform defined to undefined; orbicular defined to undefined; claviform undefined (the stigmata perhaps represented by dots). Hindwings whitish-fuscous, or whitish-fuscous and brownish (terminally brown-tinged); plain; without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; parallel with vein 4. Thorax not crested. The males conspicuously fan-footed, via a long, expansible hair-pencil on each anterior tibia. Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found in July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on helophytic Monocots - grasses, sedges and rushes.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, and English Midlands (local, in marshes); cribrumalis (Dotted Fan-foot).


Illustrations. • Hypeninae: Macrochilo cribrumalis (Dotted Fan-foot: B. Ent. 527). • Macrochilo cribrumalis: B. Ent. 527, legend+text. • M. cribrumalis: B. Ent. 527, text cont.. • M. cribrumalis (Dotted Fan-foot), with Herminia grisealis and Laspeyria flexula: Leech, 1886. • British Hypeninae (1: Fan-foot Moths).

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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.’.