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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Simyra Ochsenheimer

Arsilonche Lederer, Simyra Hübner.

Adults. Head rough (-haired). Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males minutely ciliate. Tongue poorly developed. Labial palps rather short; porrect.

Forewings very pale whitish fuscous; whitish, or pale fuscous; plain, or longitudinally streaked (then with a short, dark basal streak); the patterning well marked to obscure; reniform undefined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings white to whitish; 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. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found in June.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae conspicuously hairy; with red markings to without red markings (sometimes marked with reddish-orange on the side of each segment); posteriorly rounded; feeding on Phragmites, Cyperaceae and other helophytic plants, nocturnally; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant (in a silken cocoon on the upper surface of a folded leaf blade).

British representation. 1 species; East English Midlands, or South-east England (in marshes); albovenosa (Reed Dagger, Powdered Wainscot).


Illustrations. • S. albovenosa (Powdered Wainscot), and other Acronictinae: Newman. • Acronictinae: 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.’.