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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Paracolax Hübner

Adults. Head loosely scaled. Head with a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps long; ascending.

Wingspan 25–30 mm. Thorax and abdomen coloured like the wings. Forewings ochreous-brown; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (with dark brown first and second lines, and a less well defined sub-marginal line); patterned darker; reniform defined to undefined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings brownish and ochreous (irrorated brown - like the forewings); conspicuously patterned; with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; transversely lined; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; parallel with vein 4. Thorax not crested. The males conspicuously fan-footed, via a long, expansible hair-pencil on each anterior tibia. Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found July and August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on dead oak leaves, on the ground.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England (local); tristalis (Clay Fan-foot).


Illustrations. • P. tristalis (Clay Fan-foot), with Herminiinae, Hypeninae and Rivulinae: Leech, 1886. • British Hypeninae (1: Fan-foot Moths). • Paracolax tristalis (Clay Fan-foot): Stephens IV, 1834).

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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.’.