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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Phlogophora Treitschke

Racoptera Scott.

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 45–52 mm. Thorax coloured like the fore-wings, the abdomen grey-brown. Forewings patterned in light and dark browns tinged rosy and often with olive green; rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish, fuscous, and ochreous; plain, or conspicuously patterned (then quite sharply darkened and lined around the inner angle); with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; transversely lined; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (anteriorly and posteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found May, June, July, August, September, and October (double brooded).

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly humped to posteriorly rounded; feeding on diverse herbaceous plants, including ferns; pupating on the surface of the ground.

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); meticulosa (Angle Shades).


Illustrations. • P. meticulosa (The Angle Shades): photo. • P. meticulosa (The Angle Shades), and 8 related genera: Newman. • Amphipyrinae: Kirby.

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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.’.