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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Meganephria Hübner

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate, or dentate (?).

Wingspan 50–58 mm. Forewings pale ochreous with fuscous patterning; pale ochreous; complexly patterned; the patterning obscure; patterned darker; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined to undefined. Hindwings whitish-fuscous; plain (but with two darker spots); with a clear discal mark (in the form of one of the darker spots); 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 back). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested (with several crests).

Living adults found August and September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Prunus, Ulmus.

British representation. 1 species (adventive); Central-southern England (very rare); bimaculosa* (Double-spot Brocade).


Illustrations. • Cuculliinae: Meganephria bimaculosa (Double-spot Brocade: B. Ent. 177). • Meganephria bimaculosa: B. Ent. 177, legend+text. • Meganephria bimaculosa: B. Ent. 177, text cont.. • M. bimaculosa (Double0spot Brocade), with Calophasia and Lithophane: Newman. • M. bimaculosa, with Cuculliinae, Amphipyrinae and Noctuinae: 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.’.