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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Senta Stephens

Meliana Curtis; ~ Mythimna.

Adults. Head loosely scaled. Eyes hairy; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps ascending.

Wingspan 32–40 mm. Forewings buff or buff to fuscous; longitudinally streaked; the patterning well marked (with a dark basal streak, otherwise only relieved by somewhat darker veins and a few black dots beyond the middle); reniform undefined; orbicular defined to undefined; claviform undefined (the stigmata missing or represented by tiny dark dots). Hindwings whitish, or whitish and fuscous, or fuscous and grey; plain; without 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. Thorax not crested. Posterior tibiae without spines (?). Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found in June.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Phragmites leaves, nocturnally; pupating within the stems of the foodplant.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England and English Midlands (Suffolk, Norfolk, Huntingdonshire fens); flammea (Flame Wainscot).


Illustrations. • Hadeninae: Mythimna flammea (Curtis, ~Senta): Flame Wainscot: B. Ent. 201. • Mythimna flammea: B. Ent. 201, legend+text. • Mythimna flammea: B. Ent. 201, text cont.. • Senta flammea (Flame Waiscot, ~ Mythimna) and 15 Mythimna species: (Wainscots: Newman).

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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.’.