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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Spaelotis Boisduval

Adults. Face without any conspicuous prominence. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated.

Thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen like the hindwings. Forewings dark grey-brown; fuscous; neither green nor greenish tinged; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked to obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings pale fuscous; plain to terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong (distally); arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Middle tibiae with spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found July and August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on diverse Dicot weeds - Taraxacum, Rumex, Stellaria, etc.; pupating in the soil (amongst the roots of the foodplant).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, and Wales (of irregular occurrence); ravida (Stout Dart).


Illustrations. • Noctuinae: S. ravida (Stout Dart), with 10 related genera. • Noctuinae: 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.’.