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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Polypogon Schrank

Herminia, Pechipogo, Pechipogon, Zanclognatha.

Adults. Head loosely scaled. Head with a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate, or bipectinate (strigilata, with short pectinations ending in long bristles). Labial palps long; ascending.

Wingspan 23–33 mm. Thorax and abdomen concolorous with the forewings, or the abdomen more like the hindwings. Forewings brownish, or light greyish brown; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (with three narrow, darker transverse lines); reniform defined to undefined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings pale fuscous, or whitish; conspicuously patterned; without a clear discal mark; twice transversely lined; 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. The males with anterior tarsi, or lacking anterior tarsi; conspicuously fan-footed, via a long, expansible hair-pencil on each anterior tibia. Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found May to July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded, or posteriorly tapered; feeding on foliage of Rubus, Quercus (including dead leaves), Hedera, Polygonum, etc.; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant, or on the surface of the ground.

British representation. 4 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; grisealis (Small Fan-foot), strigilata (Common Fan-foot), tarsicrinalis (The Fan-foot), tarsipennalis (The Fan-foot).


Illustrations. • Polypogon strigulata (Common Fan-foot, = Pechipogo) and P. tarsipennalis (The Fan-foot, = Zanclognatha), with other Herminiinae, Hypeninae and Rivulinae: Leech, 1886. • P. grisealis (Small Fan-foot, = Herminia), with Macrochilo and Laspeyria: Leech, 1886. • British Hypeninae (Fan-foot Moths 1, Swain). • Ophiderinae and Hypeninae: 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.’.