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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Sideridis Hübner

Adults. Head rough. Eyes hairy; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 38–44 mm. Thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen like the hindwings. Forewings grey-brown; pale fuscous, or fuscous; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked to obscure; reniform defined (with a white ‘colon’ at its lower extemity); orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings whitish-fuscous; terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark to 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 crested (front and back). Posterior tibiae without spines (?). Abdomen more or less crested.

Living adults found May and June, or July and August (double brooded).

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on herbaceous Dicots, especially Chenopodiaceae; pupating in the soil.

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


Illustrations. • Hadeninae: S. albicolon (White Colon), and 8 related genera. • Sideridis albicolon (White Colon): Stephens II, 1830.

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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.’.