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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Naenia Stephens

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

Wingspan 36–48 mm. Thorax and abdomen dark fuscous. Forewings fuscous and blackish; fuscous and blackish; neither green nor greenish tinged; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (conspicuously light-reticulated and dark-marbled); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings dark fuscous; plain; without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong (distally); arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (front and rear). Middle tibiae with spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found June and July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on foliage of diverse Dicot herbs, shrubs and trees; pupating in the soil (near the surface).

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); typica (The Gothic).

Noctuinae.

Illustrations. • Noctuinae: N. typica (Gothic) and 4 related genera: Newman. • Larva and pupa of N. typica (Gothic): 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. delta-intkey.com’.

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