Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Adults. Head rough. Face without any conspicuous prominence. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.
Wingspan 36–46 mm. Forewings darkish grey or dark fuscous; fuscous, or grey; neither green nor greenish tinged; neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (dominated by lighter-and-darker transverse bands and tramlines); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings dark fuscous, or grey; terminally darkened; 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. Thorax crested (front and rear). Middle tibiae with spines. Posterior tibiae with spines. Abdomen crested, or not crested.
Living adults found in July.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on diverse herbaceous Dicots, and grasses; 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 (especially coastal, local); lucernea (Northern Rustic).
Illustrations. • Noctuinae: S. lucernea (Northern Rustic), and 10 related genera: 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. delta-intkey.com’.