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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Mesoligia Boursin

Adults. Head rough. Head without a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps porrect to ascending.

Wingspan 22–30 mm. The thorax coloured like the darker component of the forewings, the abdomen similar or like the hindwings. Forewings plain light to dark ochreous, or fuscous on a whitish background, or purplish brown; whitish, or pale ochreous, or ochreous, or purple, purplish, red, pinkish or rosy, or brown, or fuscous; neither green nor greenish tinged; plain to patterned transversely, or longitudinally streaked; the patterning well marked to obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined. Hindwings fuscous, or grey; plain to terminally darkened; 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). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found July and August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on grasses and sedges, within the stems.

British representation. 2 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; furuncula (Cloaked Minor), literosa (Rosy Minor).


Illustrations. • M. furuncula (Cloaked Minor), with 7 related genera. • M. furuncula, 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.’.