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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Protoschinia Hardwick

~ Schinia Hübner.

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

Wingspan 30–36 mm. Forewings fuscous or light brownish with dark markings; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (with contrasty dark engraving and light marks); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined (the stigmata dark-outlined). Hindwings whitish to whitish-fuscous, or whitish-fuscous and fuscous; conspicuously patterned (with a terminal fuscous band incorporating two whitish spots); with a clear discal mark (this large); transversely lined (sharply, proximally to the marginal band); 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 June to September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Artemisia.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Wales, and Ireland; scutosa (Spotted Clover).


Illustrations. • Acontiinae, Amphipyrinae, Hadeninae and Heliothidinae: 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.’.