Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Adults. Head fairly smooth. Head with a frontal tuft (this slight), or without a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps medium to long; porrect.
Wingspan 19–25 mm. Thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen more like the hindwings. Forewings straw-coloured; patterned transversely; the patterning obscure (narrowly brown-margined, and very faintly twice-transversely lined); reniform defined (brown); orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish-fuscous and yellowish (tinged); plain; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined to without transverse lines (no more than faintly so); 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. The males not fan-footed. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen not crested.
Living adults found June and July.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on grasses; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant (drawing together the edges of a leaf blade).
British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; sericealis (Straw Dot).
Illustrations. • R. sericealis (Straw Dot) and other Ophiderinae.
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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’.