Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.
Wingspan 29–34 mm. Head and thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen like the hindwings. Forewings lightish brown or light brown and pale ochreous; complexly patterned; the patterning rather obscure; reniform defined (pale outlined); orbicular defined (pale outlined); claviform undefined. Hindwings fuscous, or grey; plain; without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen not crested.
Living adults found in July.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on leaves of Betula and Salix.
British representation. 2 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (commoner northwards); suspecta (The Suspected), ypsillon (Dingy Shears, The Dismal).
Illustrations. • P. suspecta (The Suspected), and related species: Newman. • P. ypsillon (The Dismal, The Dingy Shears), and 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. delta-intkey.com’.