Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Adults. Head smooth. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males bipectinate (to the apex). Labial palps long; porrect.
Wingspan 24–30 mm. Thorax and abdomen coloured dark grey-brown like the wings. Forewings dark brownish grey; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (with wavy, pale or pale and dark-edged first, second and sub-marginal lines, a chequered fringe, and pale marks on the costa); reniform defined to undefined (there being a dark discal mark); orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings dark fuscous, or grey; conspicuously patterned; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (these one to three, wavy, dark with light-edged); 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. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen not crested.
Living adults found in July.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae conspicuously hairy (with long, recurved hairs from raised orange warts). Ventral prolegs 6. Larvae feeding on fungi on rotten wood.
British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, and English Midlands (scarce and local); fulginaria (The Waved Black).
Comments. A moth of geometrid appearance.
Illustrations. • P. fuliginaria (Waved Black), with other Ophiderinae: Newman. • British Ophiderinae. • P. fuliginaria, with other Ophiderinae and Hypeninae: Kirby 44.
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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’.