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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Periphanes Hübner

Chariclea Curtis.

Adults. Head rough. Face with a rounded prominence. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 34–36 mm. Thorax and abdomen fuscous-greyish, like the hindwings. Forewings rosy-purplish and grey; purplish marked or tinged to rosy marked or tinged; patterned transversely, or complexly patterned (with light-edged, dark first and second lines, a pale terminal band, and hints of streaking); reniform defined; orbicular defined (the stigmata generally outlined rosy or grey, often separated by a pale mark); claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish, fuscous, and pinkish; terminally darkened (not contrasty, but with a terminal fuscous band and pinkish fuscous veins); with 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. Thorax not crested. Middle tibiae with spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found May and June.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Delphinium, Aconitum.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, and South-west England; delphinii (Pease Blossom).


Illustrations. • Heliothidinae: Periphanes delphinii (Pease-blossom: B. Ent. 76). • Periphanes delphinii: B. Ent. 76, legend. • Acontiinae, Amphipyrinae, Hadeninae and Heliothidinae: Kirby. • Larvae and pupae of P. delphinii and Calophasia lunula: Duponchel and Guénée (1849).

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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.’.