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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Polymixis Hübner

Excluding Eumichtis Hübner.

Adults. Head rough. Face without any conspicuous prominence. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 38–50 mm. Thorax coloured and mottled like the forewings, the abdomen like the hindwings (P. xanthomista), or the abdomen more like the hindwings. Forewings grey; pale grey, or grey; neither green nor greenish tinged; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked to obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings white to whitish, or grey; plain, or terminally darkened; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined, or without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (prominently anteriorly). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found August and September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on diverse herbaceous Dicots, also Hedera, Lonicera; pupating on the surface of the ground, or in the soil.

British representation. 3 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Wales, and Ireland; flavicincta (Large Ranunculus), gemmea (Cameo, adventive), xanthomista (The Black-banded).


Illustrations. • P. flavicincta (Large Ranunculus) and P. xanthomista xanthomista (The Black-banded),with 8 related genera: Newman. • Hadeninae and Cuculliinae: 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.’.