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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Moma Hübner

Diphthera Ochsenheimer.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 32–40 mm. Head and thorax green and black like the forewings, the dark-crested abdomen coloured like the hindwings. Forewings green, patterned in black and white; green; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (with white longitudinal streaks interrupted by complexly broken black transverse lines); patterned lighter and darker; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings fuscous; conspicuously patterned (with a light-edged dark spot at the inner angle, and a conspicuously black-and-white fringe); with a clear discal mark; transversely lined; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (slightly, anteriorly and posteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found in June.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae conspicuously hairy (and warty); with red markings; feeding on Quercus foliage (mainly), also Fagus and Betula; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, and Northern England; alpium (Scarce Merveille-du-Jour).

Acronictinae.

Illustrations. • Acronictinae: Moma alpium (Scarce Merveille-du-jour: B. Ent. 404). • Moma alpium: B. Ent. 404, legend+text). • Moma alpium: B. Ent. 404, legend+text). • Acronictinae: M. alpium (Scarce Merveille-du-jour: B. Ent. 404). • M. alpium (Scarce Merveille-du-jour), with other Acronictinae: Newman. • Acronictinae (Cryphia): 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. delta-intkey.com’.

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