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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Ochropleura Hübner

Actebia Stephens, Hapalia Hübner, Ogygia Hübner.

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

Wingspan 28–52 mm. Thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen more like the hindwings. Forewings fuscous, ochreous and blackish, rich purplish brown, or (in O. praecox) bluish green; ochreous, or purple, purplish, red, pinkish or rosy, or pale fuscous, or fuscous, or blackish; patterned transversely, or complexly patterned; the patterning well marked; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined, or undefined. Hindwings white, or whitish, or fuscous; plain, or terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark, or 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 to August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae somewhat posteriorly humped (in O. plecta), or posteriorly rounded; feeding on diverse Dicots - Galium, Artemisia, Salix, etc. - and grasses; pupating on the surface of the ground, or in the soil.

British representation. 5 species (2 adventives); South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; fennica* (Eversmann’s Rustic), flammatra* (Black Collar), leucogaster (Radford’s Flame Shoulder, very rare migrant), plecta (Flame Shoulder), praecox (= Actebia: Portland Moth). O. praecox and O. fennica are referred by Bradley (2000) to Actebia.


Illustrations. • Noctuinae: O. pracox (Portland Moth) and O. fennica (Eversmannís Rustic), with 10 related genera: Newman. • Noctuinae: Kirby. • Noctuinae and Hadeninae: Kirby. • Noctuinae: Actebia praecox (Portland Moth, Portland Dart: B. Ent. 539). • Actebia praecox: B. Ent. 539, legend+text. • Actebia praecox: B. Ent. 539, text cont..

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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.’.