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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Omphaloscelis Hampson

Adults. Face with a rounded prominence. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males simple, or dentate.

Thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen more like the hindwings. Forewings ochreous, light brown with rosy tinge, greyish, or dark grey- or olive-brown; patterned transversely, or complexly patterned; the patterning well marked, or obscure; reniform defined (at least partly dark); orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish, or whitish-fuscous to fuscous; more or less conspicuously patterned (with a row of dark, sub-marginal, more or less coalescing blotches, or only two or three of them expressed); with a clear discal mark; transversely lined (if the sub-marginal band is so interpreted), or without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax slightly crested (front and rear). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found in September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on various grasses, nocturnally, hiding under stones during the day; 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); lunosa (Lunar Underwing).


Illustrations. • Cuculliinae: Omphaloscelis lunosa (Lunar Underwing: B. Ent. 237). • Omphaloscelis lunosa: B. Ent. 237, legend+text. • Omphaloscelis lunosa: B. Ent. 237, text cont.. • O. lunosa and 8 related genera: Newman.

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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.’.