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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Scoliopteryx Germar

Gonoptera Berthold.

Adults. Head rough (-haired). Head with a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males bipectinate (to the apex). Labial palps medium to long; ascending.

Wingspan 44–48 mm. Head and thorax reddish brown, the abdomen greyish brown. Forewings pinkish-grey-fuscous with orange fasciae; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (with sharp, pale first, second and subterminal lines, and median and basal orange streaks); reniform defined; orbicular defined to undefined. Hindwings light and dark fuscous, or fuscous and pinkish; conspicuously patterned (the light base separated from the dark outer part by a still darker transverse line); without a clear discal mark; transversely lined; 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 crested (anteriorly, via the collar). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae with spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found August to December, or January to May (hibernating).

Larvae, pupae. Ventral prolegs 8 (but the first pair somewhat reduced). Larvae posteriorly tapered; feeding on Salicaceae; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant.

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


Illustrations. • Scoliopteryx libatrix (The Herald), with other Ophiderinae: Newman. • British Ophiderinae: Swain. • Ophiderinae: 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.’.