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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Pyrrhia Hübner

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps ascending.

Wingspan 30–38 mm. Thorax rich orange-brown like the forewings, the abdomen more like the hindwings. Forewings orangish brown and purplish brown; terminally purplish marked or tinged; patterned transversely (banded and several-lined); the patterning well marked (with a broad purplish marginal band contrasting with the inner orange-brown part, and six dark lines); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings whitish, fuscous, and yellowish; terminally darkened, or conspicuously patterned (the dark fuscous border quite sharply defined); with a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found May and June.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on Ononis.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; umbra (Bordered Sallow).


Illustrations. • P. umbra (Bordered Sallow), with other Heliothidinae and Acontiinae: Newman. • P. umbra (Bordered Sallow), with Acontiinae, Amphipyrinae, Hadeninae and other 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.’.