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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Minucia Moore

Ophiodes Guenée.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps long; ascending.

Wingspan 50–60 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen concolorous with the forewings. Forewings pale dingy brown or ochreous grey, shaded darker; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (with light-edged, dark first and second lines, and a wavy submarginal line with a row of dots outside it); patterned darker, or darker and lighter and darker; reniform defined; orbicular defined to undefined (reduced to a black dot); claviform undefined. Hindwings fuscous and brownish; conspicuously patterned (the pale brownish inner part contrasting with the broad, dark marginal band, which itself contains a darker line); without a clear discal mark; transversely lined; 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. Thorax slightly crested (as a central ridge). Middle tibiae with spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found May and June.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae with red markings to without red markings (with a reddish orange lower-lateral stripe); feeding on Quercus and Populus.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, English Midlands, and Ireland; lunaris (Lunar Double Stripe).


Illustrations. • M. lunaris, with Catocala promissa, Callistege and Euclidia. • Acontiinae, Amphipyrinae, Hadeninae and Heliothidinae: Kirby. • Catocalinae: Kirby. • Larva of Minucia lunaris: Duponchel and Guénée (1849).

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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.’.