Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Chloephora Stephens, Halias Treitschke, Hylophila Hübner.
Adults. Head loosely haired. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males simple. Tongue well developed. Labial palps medium to long; less than three times the diameter of the eyes; ascending.
Wingspan 32–40 mm. Thorax green and silver-striped, the abdomen coloured like the hindwings. Forewings bright green; green; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (with three silvery-whitish or yellowish transverse lines, and the costa and outer margin sometimes crimson); reniform undefined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings white to whitish, or brownish to yellowish; 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. Retinaculum of males normal. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines.
Living adults found May and June.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly tapered; feeding on Quercus; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant, or in or under bark or rotten wood, or on the surface of the ground (in a papery cocoon).
British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; prasinana britannica (Green Silver Lines).
Illustrations. • Chloephorinae: 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. delta-intkey.com’.