Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps medium; ascending.
Wingspan 30–44 mm. Thorax and abdomen brownish. Forewings blackish and light grey with purplish tinge; purplish marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (with two silvery white transverse bands against the dark background of the median fascia, and dark markings in the paler outer region); reniform undefined; orbicular defined to undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings dark fuscous; conspicuously patterned (with an antemedian white band, and a white spot at the margin beyond the inner angle); without a clear discal mark; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; convergent on vein 4 near their bases. Thorax not crested. Middle tibiae with spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen not crested.
Living adults found September and October.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Rubus, Coriaria, and Quercus (!).
British representation. 1 species (adventive); South-west England (recorded once only); stolida* (The Geometrician).
Illustrations. • P. stolida (The Geometrician). Prodotis stolida ('The Geometrician').
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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’.