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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Mormo Ochsenheimer

Lemur Hübner, Lemuris, Mania Treitschke.

Adults. Head rough. Face without any conspicuous prominence. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps medium; porrect to ascending.

Wingspan 60–70 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen blackish brown. Forewings blackish brown, shaded grey-brown; fuscous, or blackish; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (with a dark median band, light-and-dark chequering of the costa, and a paler marginal border); patterned lighter and darker; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings dark fuscous, or blackish; conspicuously patterned (contrasingly dark- and light-banded); without a clear discal mark; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (in the middle, as well as anteriorly and posteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found July and August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on diverse herbaceous Dicots in the Autumn, then young shoots of Crataegus, Betula, Salix, etc., after hibernation; pupating in the soil.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (common); maura (Old Lady).


Illustrations. • M. maura (The Old Lady): photo. • M. maura (The Old Lady), and 8 related genera: Newman. • Amphipyrinae: Kirby. • Larvae and pupa of M. maura (Old Lady): 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.’.